People in the Northern part of the country would be shocked to hear that donkey is a delicacy in some part of Nigeria but Nigeria is a large country with diverse food culture. There are places where people eat dog, bush rats, I have even heard that some people eat cat in this big country, but growing up in the North, it is unimaginable to see that donkey is like beef or pork elsewhere.
Chinese man buys Donkey meat at Ezzangbo market.
Ezzangbo in Ebonyi State is a town where the main delicacy is donkey. These donkeys are brought from all over the North and as far as Niger Republic and slaughter for meat. The meat is not only consumed in Ezangbo but is dried and transported all over Igbo land. This is not to say that all Igbos eat donkey just as you wouldn’t say all inhabitants of Jos eat dog even though dog is a popular delicacy in Plateau State.
Donkeys brought from the North and as far away Niger Republic
NEWISSUES found out that those who supply the donkey from North to East are mostly Northern Nigerian business men who brought the cows and goats from the north and supply to the South. A donkey cost N15,000 to N18,000 in the north and could go as much as N30,000 to N40,000 in Ezzangbo. Nothing is wasted here, there are Chinese men who are interested in the hide and skin for transportation to China’s ever hungry market.
Dried Donkey meat being packed in bags for export to neighbouring states