Kola is God’s Gift
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192 Pages

22.8 x 15 cm

5 line illus.

Series: Western African Studies

Imprint: James Currey

Kola is God's Gift

Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry in Asante and the Gold Coast, c. 1820-1950

by Edmund Abaka

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This study examines the social, religious and economic significance of kola nuts.
Kola is a 'food-drug', a substance considered neither food nor medicine, but - like coffee, tea, coca and tobacco - is used to induce 'flights of fancy'. It is incorporated into rites of passage, and ceremonies to cement treatiesand contracts; its medicinal properties were first recognised outside Africa in the twelfth century; and it is a legal and popular stimulant among West African Muslims.

North America: Ohio U Press; Ghana: Woeli PublishingServices
"Kola is God's Gift is the first major study of an industry that, together with gold, enabled the Asante peoples to sustain their military capacity and hence, resist British attempts to control trade and Asante's political economy. The only previous study of kola in West Africa dealt solely with Nigeria." AFRICAN BUSINESS
"This scholarly study is a welcome addition to our growing library on the cultural economy of the interior of Africa. Highly recommended." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES

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9780852554906

July 2005

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Title Details

192 Pages

2.28 x 1.5 cm

5 line illus.

Series: Western African Studies

Imprint: James Currey