Y’a Bon Banania!!!!! I don’t know what the hell that means yet but I will. This is a wild image(like most images)! It can be taken as racist or as a tribute. These days off top… when you see an Asiatic with a banana…. you automatically think “You Coon!” or more notably… “You Monkey”. HAAAAA! Not… an ad with a black dude promoting a banana based cocoa drink. There is an explaination for the image(as told to Wiki’pedia) but you can’t help but wonder why the Moor is present. A Moor? Yeah, from what many say is the original inhabitants of the planet and recognized by the Fez being worn. Interesting. Hey, I got the Wiki’pedia version so you can see the origin of the product but if you want to get into the origin of the Moor or Fez… you gotta get business with your research. FANGGGGG!! Oh, Y’a Bon means… It’s Good!

(For more info on The Moors… peep here, here and here.)

Banania(Wiki’pedia):

Banania is a popular chocolate drink found most widely distributed in France. It is made from cocoabanana flourcerealshoney and sugar. There are two types of Banania available in French supermarkets: ‘traditional’ which must be cooked with milk for 10 minutes, and ‘instant’ which can be prepared in similar fashion to Nesquik.

History:

During a visit near Lake ManaguaNicaragua, in 1909, the journalist Pierre Lardet discovered the recipe for a cocoa-based drink. When he returned to Paris, he started its commercial fabrication and, in 1912, began marketing Banania with the picture of an Antillaise. Her image was replaced in 1915 with the drawing of a widely smiling Senegalese man.

At the outset of World War I, the popularity of the colonial troops at the time led to the replacement of the West Indian by the now more familiar jolly Senegalese infantry man enjoying Banania. Pierre Lardet took it upon himself to distribute the product to the Army, using the line pour nos soldats la nourriture abondante qui se conserve sous le moindre volume possible (“for our soldiers: the abundant food which keeps, using the least possible space”).

The brand’s yellow background underlines the banana ingredient, and the Senagalese infantryman’s red and blue uniform make up the other two main colours. The slogan Y’a bon (“It’s good”) derives from the pidgin French supposedly used by these soldiers (it is, in fact, an invention). Slowly but surely, the slogan and the character became inseparable as the expression was coined: l’ami y’a bon (“the y’a bon buddy”).

The form of the character has since evolved, so that now all that remains is the name. However, the original advertising has become a cultural icon in France. Posters and reproduction tin-plate signs of the pre-war advertising continue to be sold.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Banania sponsored the zoller of the Tour de France.

The advertising slogans and images have been labelled racist and colonialist by some who argue that it reinforces the old cliché of a friendly yet stupid African. Some French black people connect this stereotype with aggressive colonialist policy in Africa of the global group Unilever, the old unique owner of the brand.

In France the Banania brand is now owned by the newly-founded French company Nutrimaine, which acquired it from Unilever in 2003.

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