Tuesday, September 27, 2005

What is "Doukona"?


While I was reading teacher Sarah's outside reading "Jamaica Kingcaid---Girl".

I looked up for the word "Doukona", it seems like not a pure English,I didn't know what it means.As I followed the trail to find out there is an explaination says :

"Doukona" is a variant of "dokunu" in Jamaica, a kind of pudding made from starchy food which is sweetened, spiced, and traditionally wrapped in plantain...or banana leaf. A favorite black dish, it can be boiled, baked,or roasted. There is a great deal of variance in the way African terms are rendered into all the languages and pidgins spoken in the Caribbean.

7 Comments:

At 10/05/2005 2:03 AM , Blogger Whitney L. said...

Hello Lilian,

Thanks for providing us the explanation of DOUKONA. I know you've got to find this pretty much time. Thanks for the sharing.

Whitney

 
At 9/23/2008 11:52 AM , Blogger RuLe said...

Hey Lilian¡¡¡

Thank you for the explanation, I´m reading it also and I have to obtain 10 vocabulary words. Of course, most of them are names of plants hehe. Sorry, English is not my native language but thxnks for the information. I really appreciate it:D

 
At 12/03/2008 5:04 AM , Blogger Goodshow said...

Interesting! isn't it? Dokunu is spelt dokono but pronounced dorkunu in Ghana. It is a favourite dish of more than fifty percent of the Ghanaian populace especially along the coast. There are two main variants: one type is wrapped in plantain/banana leaves and the other type is wrapped in maize/corn husks before cooking. Howver, both types are processed/cooked using the same methods. Some varieties of the banana/plantain leaves type are salted whiles others are not but the corn husk type is always salted. If you've ever heard of a Ghanaian boxer by name Azumah Nelson, former WBC Featherweight and Super Featherweight World Champion and an inductee of the Int'l Boxing Hall of Fame, he comes from the Ga tribe of Accra, Ghana whose staple food is dokunu (also known as kormi in the Ga language). Another variety of dokunu (aka kormi) is called banku. This type is prepared without any wrappings. It is claimed that anybody who feeds regularly on banku or dokunu NEVER loses in a fight with his/her peer. No wonder Azumah Nelson was a world champion!

 
At 9/18/2009 8:00 AM , Blogger William said...

Thank you Lilian.This is the same pudding called "blue drase" in Jamaica.

 
At 6/28/2010 6:54 AM , Blogger Tsuki said...

Thank you Lillian. In my question sheet doukona is spelled doukana. In my text of the story it's spelling doukona though.

 
At 9/28/2010 11:37 PM , Blogger Nikki said...

Hi! I'm studying the same text for my literature paper.Thanks for the explanation!

 
At 9/28/2010 11:38 PM , Blogger Nikki said...

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