Initially published in 1943. Akokoaso is a small village in the central province of the Gold Coast Colony, in the heart of the cocoa country. In this study the author presents his survey directed at the Gold Coast 'Middletown' during the period of 1932 to 5. The report covers the village and its inhabitants, their housing, occupations and family economy, moving onto the system of land tenure, the methods of cultivation and the value and yields of cocoa and other crops. The final section gives a statiscal analysis of costs of production and of earnings. Throughout is the emphasis is on the cocoa industry and its effect on every aspect of community life.