Kolanut is a sacred component of traditional culture and is basically a symbol for life. Since inception, many uses has been developed on kolanut but our emphasis will be based on three points:
- Means of Food
- Medicinal Purpose
- Component of Divination
Firstly, Kolanut is an edible fruit and is used as a food source; it is a tradition in many part of Africa (yoruba race as a case study) that a kolanut can be presented to people of authority and guests, when they enter a person’s home, the kolanut will be broken to eat among friends. The same thing happen between two families that their children are willing to get married, during the introduction ceremony (“idana”). In some part of Nigeria, according to their ritual customs, it is the King, Chief or the Oldest person in the house who had the honor of breaking the kolanut and this give rise to the adage that says “It is the mouth of the elder the kolanut get ripped” – “Enu agba ni obi ngbo si” meaning: the elders has the authority to give judgment or command issues.
Secondly, Kolanut is a means of curative component; many diseases can be cured using kolanut as the active ingredients. Our temple (ancestral pride temple limited) has carried out extensive research in using kolanut to cure many diseases (like sexual impotence recently cured in our temple with the use of kolanut), some cures was also put into practical recently.