Monday, 2 April 2018


presenting kola nut to a visitor in my office 
Kola nuts trees, are averagely tall about 20-30 meters tall with green shades and ovoid leaves pointed at both the ends with a leathery texture, they produce yellow flowers with purple spots, and star-shaped fruits. Inside the fruits, about a dozen round or square seeds develop in a white seed-shell. Kola nut fruit are native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. The caffeine-containing fruit of the tree is used as a flavoring ingredient in beverages, and is the origin of the term "cola". The kola nut is a caffeine-containing nut of evergreen trees of the genus Cola, primarily of the species Cola acuminata and Cola nitida. Cola acuminate.

holding my newly harvested seed-shell of Kola nut fruit  

Kola nuts is made up of about  2- 4% caffeine, kolanin and theobromine. It has a  bitter flavour and It is often used in ceremonies and it is presented to chiefs or guests. When I visited the great Zik of Africa on October 22, 1995, the first thing he did was to present me with Kola nut, the same thing happens when in company of Chief Alex Akinyele we had visited Chief Sam Mbakwe (Phd), he also offered us Kola nut before asking our mission. Traditional medicine dealers use kola nuts and honey to aid digestion. The Igbos of Nigeria call it ‘Oji’ , the Yourbas call it ‘Obi’ and the Hausas call it ‘Goro’  The Igbos use Kola nuts for sacrifices to their gods, they also use as a religious object for sacred offerings and prayers to their ancestor.  Some Kola nuts can only be divided into two lobes, some others from three to 7 or more lobes. Kola nuts can be harvested mechanically or by hand, by plucking them at the tree branch.
Standing under a kola nut tree 
In Mali and Senegal, history had it that Kola nut was used as a form of currency. In the 1800s, John Pemberton a pharmacist in Georgia, used extracts of kola nut and coca and mixed them with sugar, other ingredients, and carbonated water to produce the first cola soft drink and it was called "Coca-Cola", though by 1904 Coca-Cola stopped the use kola in its recipe. Kola nut don't speak English language in Igbo land

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