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What's in a Drink? Class Struggle, Popular Culture and the Politics of Akpeteshie in Ghana, 1930–67.

Summary of Article by Emmanuel Akyeampong, 1996

This article offers a history of akpeteshie, or local gin in Ghana, from the 1930s to 1967. In the 1930s, the production of akpeteshie increased following the imposition of higher tariffs on imported liquor. Rural and urban workers were no longer able to afford imported gin, which became a large part of an emerging urban popular culture. A decade later, akpeteshie had become an important symbol in anticolonial and national politics, significantly illustrated by its legalization at independence