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Calabar Cuisine Comes to Badagry? Watch the Battabox Video of the Preparation of Canine Delicacies



I love dogs! I have two German Shepherds who yelp and bark immediately I pull into the driveway every evening.

So when I found this Battabox video, I went through all shades of emotions. We’ve heard that in some places in Cross River and Ondo States, dogs are a delicacy – commonly called “404“. Well, what I didn’t know prior to watching this video was that dogs are a special delicacy in Badagry, Lagos as well.

As we watched this video in the office, we shared tales of the most “exotic” things we’d eaten; crocodile, snakes and squids! So who determines what is edible and what is actually inedible… I mean, it’s all about the taste bud threshold, isn’t it?

Check out this video and share your thoughts!

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    June 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This is just sad. I love dogs and cannot imagine how people see them as food rather than pets. na wa

  2. Anonymous like dat

    June 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I’ll stick with dogs are man’s best friend. So no, I won’t be eating a friend. EVER!!!!!!

  3. Awaiting Moderation

    June 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

    While i will never eat dog meat, i feel like it pretty much in the same boat as eating cow,goat,rabbit,pig etc! They are all animals that go through pain!

  4. Comfort

    June 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Every man to his own abeg, this my other friend from Ivory Coast told me that they eat CATS in hid tribe, so no one has any right to say what should and what shouldn’t be eaten.

  5. Comfort

    June 5, 2013 at 11:53 am


  6. Omolade Remilekun

    June 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Dog is not a delicacy in Badagry o, it might be a personal decision o. I love dogs but can’t eat it.

  7. Princess

    June 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Sick… Very sick!

  8. Mz Socially Awkward...

    June 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Noooooooooooo!!!!!! What are they doing to the doggies????? 🙁

  9. Lamide

    June 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Atoke, it is not taste bud threshold but yuck threshold. Or better still OMG threshold. I cant eat snakes, crocodiles, sharks and co. I love squid. You cant get in between me and my calamari. Dogs are pet, but these dogs are obviously not pets. So, meat is meat. Unless you are a vegetarian you really cannot object to dogs being killed for food.

  10. Dawn

    June 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Dogs are exceptional. The way my dog ‘willow’ jumps and wags her tail when she sees me, i cant just imagine her being killed 🙁 . Heck,she even sees me off to work every morning.

  11. BeeEss

    June 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    No this heifer didn’t just eat dog meat..UGH!

  12. Akua

    June 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    kraman ba wani eso adi aa, na Bolga jom (how dare a puppy venture bolga tanga market) ; hahahahhahhahahhahahha

  13. Mariaah

    June 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    404 things… Eww… I remember a while back I was going to FUTA Akure for an exam, my bus stopped for us to eat around owo.. LMAO I actually asked “I hope its not dog, just give me goat meat please”… Its so sad really they are a lot of tribes in Nigeria that eat dog aside Efik(Calabar people).. Mangu of Plateau state, Tiv, S.Kaduna (I think the Kaje pple), Gbagyi (Abuja/FCT indegenes) and d usual suspects Ondo/Calabars.. PersonaIly, if its not goat, sheep, cow, and popular fish, some bushmeat, I will pass abeg but I guess one man’s meat (ALL PUN INTENDED) is another man’s taboo.. 🙁

  14. Christian

    June 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Bella – that is the funniest photo to start the article with… u wan start a war??!

  15. Akua

    June 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Northerners in Nigeria and Ghana will not kill us with laughter

  16. Anonymous

    June 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I can’t even imagine eating a dog. Even the one’s put up by atoke are so so adorable. Wish I could have one of them….

  17. Akua

    June 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I think someone should send this video to American Animal Activist groups to whine them up. The cover of the letter should be the cute puppies. They will probably commit suicide hahahhahahhah

  18. Patience

    June 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t think its true! I grew up in badagry

  19. nnenne

    June 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    i wish all dogs will be eaten into extinction. Damn!! i loathe those creatures. they scare the sh*t out of me.

    • Laila

      June 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Reallyyy? lol

    • Ib

      June 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Awww…Poor you

  20. Person

    June 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Unless you are vegan, MEAT IS MEAT. Yes, that includes yall that call yourselves pescetarians! An animal is an animal!

  21. chloe

    June 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Meat is not meat. carnivores are never seen as food to be produced on a scale such as herbivores with cloven hoof. Dogs are pets… and those people are disgusting, cruel.. bush apes!

  22. ViVi

    June 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm


  23. GreenDiamond

    June 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    not dogs!!!!!! COMMON MEHN!

  24. Sbaby

    June 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I like this presenter shes good…… Ok back to the matter, if you all can eat sausages made from pork and pork itself why not dog? Me i cant but ppl that can allow them biko,ppl keep pigs as pet too as well as dogs
    The wildest thing I have eaten is RAT ( big bush rat) you peple call it bush meat brothers and sisters allow story all na ovefed rat wey dey inside bush, if you see it raw before it is smoked and split wide disguised and stick decorated you will not eat it

  25. sefi-ann

    June 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    i love the reporter! she has such an endearing personality.

  26. kikelomo

    June 6, 2013 at 8:12 am

    So it is true….God forbid. Tufiakwa…..Olurun maje!

  27. salsera

    June 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    so do they rear dogs for eating?

  28. Aryah

    June 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Meat is meat.

  29. Cat on a hot tin roof

    June 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    This presenter is mad…lol

  30. omoibo

    June 7, 2013 at 1:48 am

    There goes Bingo & Fido 😐

  31. katy

    June 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm


  32. joe

    June 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    omg. smh

  33. Vegan Nigerian

    June 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Probably reason #25 why I went vegan. Aside from the health aspects which take top priority, it was the realisation that the slab of steak on my plate could well also be a dog. Couldn’t see the difference between that and cows/pigs etc
    I couldn’t bring myself to watch the video, but this is straight up animal cruelty

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