By: Jason and Lauren
Definition as found in the novel:
The Kola-nut ceremony is when a kola-nut is broken as part of a prayer that is supposed to take place at the start of a celebration. Breaking the kola-nut is supposed to bring good health and protection from one’s enemies. The person who breaks the kola-nut is usually the most respected person in attendance, and the breaking of the nut symbolizes the celebration.
An article about the history of the kola-nut ceremony: http://kaleidoscope.igbonet.com/culture/kolanutseries/jukaegbu/
An explanation of the kola-nut ceremony, as explained by a Nigerian: