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Tradition: The African beer

But there is one taste that Africa is known for, 

This natural liquid drawn from the palm

Sweet as the taste of sleep after a hard days labor

Whitish, an admired mess for the tired old and young

Mmanya, the older men’s African honey

The drink for all, Natures perfect brew
Now we drink to everyones health, 

To the health of the village chief, 

To the health of the men and women

And the little ones who watch us drink! 
But we must let the soil taste what it has given

And then give a short prayer for fertility and joy

The land must grow our grasses and yams

The river shall flow and fishes shall abound

The children must grow like the grass beside the waters

The women must be fruitful and beautiful like that raffia palm

The men shall be strong to till this land and hunt the forests

But we must let the soil taste what it has given

And then our prayers shall be welcomed! 

I give you the magic beer! 
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Commentary. 

Mmanya is the Igbo local name for the beer or an alcoholic drink. The introduction of the kola and drinks such as beer is one of the ways of welcoming guests in African cultures of Nigeria. 

By Oke Iroegbu

Finance Graduate, Bibliophile and Bard of Ovim, his hometown. Read more at www.oiroegbu.com/about

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