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The increased range of miraa’s national and transnational trajectories has seen it emerge as a prime economic resource for many in Kenya and beyond. Nyambene farmers obtain rewards from miraa far outstripping those offered by tea and coffee, while off-farm trade offers good employment for many Tigania and Igembe. Miraa brings people together in its trade, but obviously it can also break them apart. However, it would be a rare commodity whose trade offers unalloyed good, and miraa certainly benefits many in Kenya. Meanings and associations diverge significantly the further miraa travels and as more people from different backgrounds come into contact with it. Thus, the trajectory from Ntonyiri in the Igembe region to Manchester sees miraa associated not only with Nyambene heritage and the economic significance for those operating its network, but also with chewing in Somalia.

Keywords: Igembe; Kenya; Manchester; Miraa; Ntonyiri; Nyambene farmers; Somalia; Tigania



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