Dr. F. Nwabueze Okoye: Breaking the Kola Nut

Update: YouTube has increased the video upload size so here is the complete video: Breaking the Kola Nut (complete version)

Here’s my father, ever the consummate teacher, explaining and performing the breaking of the kola nut ceremony last year at the 49th Nigerian Independence Day celebration hosted in upstate New York by the Nigerian Association of Greater Rochester (NAGRoch). Did you know kola nut extract is an ingredient in Coca-Cola?

In the beginning there is some interesting background information, he even included a shout-out to orthodox Muslims, and then the actual ceremony:

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  1. Assalamu alaikum

    It almost looks as though the kola-nut is the African counterpart of the areca nut in the Indian subcontinent, except that the areca nut is a known carcinogen.

    1. Wa salaam alaykum BintKhalil,

      I haven’t heard of the areca nut, is it also used as a symbol of “breaking bread” with someone or to open gatherings and celebrations?

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