Connect with us

Did You Know?

Why Some in Southern Nigeria Consider Dog Meat a Delicacy

Dogs are affectionate, brave, and loyal. In most developed countries, their services are utilized at home and at work. However, the dog has another purpose for some people in Nigeria. That purpose is for consumption. Specifically known for dog meat consumption are the Efik-Ibibio ethnic group.

The Efik-Ibibio reside in the South-South geopolitical zone in Nigeria. Almost all Efik-Ibibio clans and sub-clans are located on river banks or creeks. The cooking prowess of the people is respected throughout the country and is said to be as old as the people themselves. The nutritional culture of the people derives from the rivers that surround them. But they also source for and enjoy meat reared at home or captured in the forests or on the streets. 

Why Dog Meat?

One of the delicacies of the Efik-Ibibio is dog meat. Dog meat is generally known in Nigeria as 404. While some people consider the consumption of dog meat as unethical, prohibitive, and forbidden on both religious and social grounds, it is a cultural delicacy in Akwa-Ibom and Cross River states. Aside the consumption of this meat for pleasure or sexual stimulation, there are cultural arguments that support the ingestion of dog meat amongst the Efik-Ibibio. The people ascribe curative and magical powers to it. Some believe that consuming it wards off witchcraft attack, cures malaria, rejuvenates the skin, and bestows supernatural powers on consumers.

Some locals buy live dogs for preparation at the markets in Cross River and Akwa Ibom, while some others catch stray dogs. It is also easy to find joints that specialize in dog meat preparation in the states. It is said that dogs are drawn on the walls or bill boards of such joints. With such blatant advert, patrons cannot pretend ignorance of what they are about to consume.

Meanwhile, the preferred breed of dogs for consumption is the local Nigerian breed which is derogatorily referred to as ekúke. These local breeds are far cheaper than the foreign ones. The fact that some of these dogs may have rabies infestation matters not to consumers. Most of them believe that cooking kills whatever disease an animal may be carrying.

Amongst the Efik-Ibibio, social events like traditional weddings and child dedications are said to be incomplete without 404. Hosts of such occasions could serve all sorts of intercontinental dishes, but consider 404 the icing on the cake. One can safely say that 404 is to the Efik what asun is to the Yoruba.

In conclusion, peppered meat, pepper soup, and white rice are some of the delicacies that can be prepared with dog meat. Consumers also enjoy this meat with beer or palm wine.

Sources

Efik-Eburutu

Pulse Nigeria

Fight Dog Meat

Nigeria Tribune Online

Feature image source: Pulse NG

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Obiamaka Angela Udevi

Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address, obiudevi@yahoo.com

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Milesdsadmith

    6th November 2019 at 6:06 pm

    ank you so much for this. I was into this issue and tired to tinker around to check if its possible but couldnt get it done. Now that i have seen the way https://notepad.software/ you did it, thanks guys
    with
    regards

  2. Avatar

    Milesdscsmith

    6th November 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing.I found a lot https://vidmate.onl/download/ of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.

  3. Avatar

    jondscdmith

    6th November 2019 at 7:28 pm

    is. I was into this issue and tired to tinker https://filezilla.software/ around to check if its possible but couldnt get it done. Now that i have seen the way you did it, thanks guys
    with
    regards

  4. Avatar

    Micheal

    14th November 2019 at 6:16 am

    These dog meats will be prepared by a group of experts. The owners of the dogs will have a chance to eat delicious food.This http://www.essaywritingnz.com/do-my-assignment-for-me will teach to write articles for your events so that participants could be concern of your services.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

Did You Know?

Events

Discover Nigeria

Career

Tourism

To Top