Another year, another TikTok challenge and this time the subject matter is fufu. Unexpected as it may, it is true–2021 has brought us the #FufuChallenge. While the challenge alone is quite underwhelming, involving nothing more than various mukbangs of people eating fufu and the reactions of first timers, it’s one that initiates conversation around West African food. 

West Africa is comprised of 16 countries that each boast its own culinary flair. Some of the dishes that have reached renowned status include jollof rice, peanut soup, and fufu, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. While there are significant differences in the foods across each country, there are some myriad commonalities, particularly in communities along the borders of adjacent countries and those with similar geographies, like forest, coastal, Savanna, and Sahel regions, for example.