A new delicacy may have found its way into the Nigerian menu especially as traders from across the country are queuing up to buy frogs in Kano state.
The market at Dorawa Salau Kadawa, a village in Garun Mallam local government area of Kano state receive outsiders on a regular basis due to the frog business.
According to a report by Premium Times, the buyers have erected camps at the village and their activities have had a positive effect on the village’s economy.
However, some of the patrons spoken to confirmed that the frog business is not a new one.
One Sadikatu Ajiboye said she has been in the business for close to 15 years. According to her, she was bringing kolanut up north to Kano, until she realized that frog meat have a greater turnover in the south.
Ajiboye, 56, said the trade in frogs earns her huge returns on a weekly basis as much as N5000 for a small carton, with a piece sold at N200.
She distributes the delicacy across states in the South-west, South-east and South-south, adding that people even pay upfront for the frogs.
On his part, one Solomon Nwafor from Abia state said he is a hunter of frogs in the village in Kano. Nwafor said he wakes up as early as possible in the morning to hunt, and sometime late in the evening too.
He revealed that he makes an average of N20,000 weekly in sales of the frogs.
Talking about the relationship between the frog marketers and villagers, he said:
Because of the understanding that exists between us, we the frog marketers and our Hausa (hosts), our business has kept growing by the day with more people coming to purchase. Some (patrons) even export to Asia.