Though cow skin is available at a nearby Mexican butcher and grocer, this Nigerian-owned shop may be the neighborhood's sole provisioner focused wholly on West Africa. Perhaps it supplies an eatery farther north on Targee, on a somewhat scrubby residential stretch, where, in a picket-fenced yard, I saw (from my tiptoes) several communal tables and a cooking area kitted out with grill and stewpots.
That quasi-public enterprise, however, seems to be open only in the evening. By light of day, Ecowas supplied me with a can of Vimto (12 fl. oz., $1), a lightly carbonated raspberry and black currant-flavored soft drink. Look for it at many West African restaurants, too.
Ecowas African Food & Video
480 Targee St. (near Vanderbilt Ave.), Park Hill, Staten Island