This Ondo Community Presents The World’s Widest Bean-Cake
Ipe Akoko in Akoko South west local government area of Ondo state is not one of the communities that jokes with its tradition.
But what has remained a mystery about their traditional festival known as 'Chegba' is the special feature that has continued to wow it's attendees.
This year edition which was held on Tuesday unveiled the world widest bean-cake popularly known as "Akara"
According to the community monarch, Oba Francis Apata, the essence of the festival which is as old as the town itself, is to celebrate women who give birth to their first child.
"This Chegba festival started from time immemorial and it has been in practice since inception of this community and it has always been done primarily by those women who had successful first birth.
"They are those who did not have stillbirth and abortion and people will rejoice and their relations will celebrate with them." He said.
Also buttressing this position was an 80-year old Indigene of the community, Mrs. Victoria Adeola who claimed that no unclean woman is permitted to go near where the bean -cake is being fried.
"This festival comes once in a year and it usually brings joy to women folks. But the implication is that no unclean women can come near where the bean-cake is being fried.
"The fried beans cakes in four categories are measured: 22 inches in length, 22 inches in breadth with 66 diameters in circumference."
It was further confirmed that the bean cake which generally is a symbol of celebration can stay up to nine days without decay or taste sour.
The festival was said to have been a ploy to discourage young women from indulging in promiscuity and abortion.
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