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The exterior of the bead suggests conventional lampworking and trailing (based on the appearance of the decorations). Yet the center of the bead is granular and gray--suggesting the bead was built around a composition base. But this seems unlikely for an otherwise conventional glass bead.
What if it were actually the opposite?
From my trip to Nigeria in 1998, I know that there were "beadmakers" (actually bead-alterers) who would perform tasks, such as putting broken beads back-together using gray powderglass. This was not a subtle treatment. It was quite obvious. I bought a strand of these beads (that I still have, somewhere).
So now I an wondering whether the intent may have been to reduce the size of the perforation of a conventional glass bead, by introducing gray powderglass into the perforation channel (?). This, of course, need not have been done in Nigeria. Any competent bead-alterer could have done it. And we know that beads are altered in Ghana as well.
I will respond again once I have seen the bead.