1879R.J. AtcherleyTrip to Boërland 68While sitting at our noontide meal that day, a troop of Kafirs in warlike array bore down upon us, and commenced a grand lamentation in respect to the scarcity of doka (hemp) and gwai (tobacco).
1899A. WernerCaptain of Locusts 196I found that the saddle was all right; and then he told me to get myself ngwai, and behold, he put this into my hand. [Note] tobacco.
c1929L.P. BowlerAfr. Nights 148The impi followed the Botletle river, and at Kala Mabela and Makabel, found plenty of tobacco (Gwai) which Khoa had prepared for the death-smoke.
[1957B. FraserSunshine & Lamplight 7I turned to a heathen woman in her red clay topknot and gay but dirty blanket. She wanted ‘ugwayi’. I passed her some tobacco for grinding into snuff and her change.]
[1967O. WalkerHippo Poacher 77Tom, who signalled the old man to go on with his grinding of the home-grown tobacco and ugwayi leaves on a hot stone and mixing of aloe ashes in the old-fashioned way that went back to Chaka’s time.]
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