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Strange Cuisine 5 weird animals eaten by Nigerians

Here is a list of five animals you probably didn't know Nigerians enjoy cooking and eating.

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edible worm play

edible worm


One man's poison pet is another man's meat, literally.

Here is a list of some animals that Nigerians cook as food.

1. Dogs:


While the rest of the world believes that dog is man’s best friend, some Nigerians, particularly Calabar and Ondo people see the animal as a delicacy.

A dog is not necessarily meant to be a pet or guard the house, sometimes it is just a good source of protein.

2. Snakes:

Some people are not afraid of fangs and venom, neither are they afraid of the cold blooded slimy animal. For a lot of Nigerians, this poisonous reptile is meant for consumption. I have heard people say it tastes heavenly, especially when well seasoned and roasted, however I am not about to try it out.

3. Insects:

edible worm play

edible worm

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roasted termites


Yes, Nigerians eat insects, from 'edible worms' to termites, and even maggots. The poor things are caught and roasted with salt to taste.

4. Bat:

Remember the ebola scare? Yeah. Apparently, a lot of Nigerians enjoy bat meat and that increased the panic of the spread of the disease. The winged mammals are a delicacy in certain places and you can even get some to buy on the expressway from those selling ‘bush meat’.

5. Monkey:

roasted monkey play

roasted monkey


Even though monkeys and apes are like second cousins to human beings, some Nigerians have no problem cutting up these species and making a bubbling pot of stew with them.  

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