Veganism is rather unknown in Ghana – if you ask the average person in the street, they won’t know exactly what a vegan is. Vegetarianism, on the other hand, is a somewhat better understood in terms of dietary choice. When I say I am vegan and explain that I eat only vegan food, people often ask me if I eat fish or eggs as well.
I have met very few Ghanaians who see veganism or vegetarianism as anything more than simply a dietary choice rather than a political belief or movement against oppression. Even in the circles of the Vegetarian Association of Ghana, ‘animal rights’ are not discussed much – it can seem like the animal rights movement has yet to reach West Africa.