Lebanese traders in West Africa

in An Invitation to Laughter

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226434766
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226434759 | DOI:
Lebanese traders in West Africa

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In June 1963, the author left Magburaka for Blama. Assuring himself that he had collected sufficient data to write a PhD dissertation on the wini banas of Magburaka, the author turned to researching the Lebanese immigrants in West Africa. For this purpose, he planned first to visit Côte d'Ivoire, and from there to travel by train to Burkina Faso (then called Upper Volta), Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria. On the third day, the author took the train to Bouake, where a few old friends from his hometown, Baino, met him at the station. The moment he saw them, images of village religious celebrations began to run through his mind. The intensive fieldwork he had carried out on the Lebanese in Sierra Leone made it easier for him to collect corresponding data in Bouake, and later on in Nouna and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Mopti in Mali, and Kumasi in Ghana. He has never felt as proud of anthropology as he did in Ghana in the early 1960s.

Keywords: Blama; Lebanese immigrants; West Africa; anthropology; Côte d'Ivoire; Burkina Faso; Bouake; Mali; Ghana

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Subjects: Anthropology

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