Kola is God's Gift: Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry in Asante and the Gold Coast, c. 1820-1950 (Western African Studies)

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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 treaties and 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.BR> North America: Ohio U Press; Ghana: Woeli Publishing Services

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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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