Akhiọn/Ukoko
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Akhiọn (smoking pipe), also referred to as Ukoko, were used by both men and women in Benin Kingdom to smoke tobacco. The bowl into which tobacco is filled can be made of either terracotta, wood or metal, and had a long wooden stem. Tobacco was introduced into Benin by the Portuguese. According to Egharevba (1968, p.34), ‘We called it the pipe of peace and long life. The smoking pipe is... Read more
Akhiọn (smoking pipe), also referred to as Ukoko, were used by both men and women in Benin Kingdom to smoke tobacco. The bowl into which tobacco is filled can be made of either terracotta, wood or metal, and had a long wooden stem. Tobacco was introduced into Benin by the Portuguese. According to Egharevba (1968, p.34), ‘We called it the pipe of peace and long life. The smoking pipe is prepared and given to guests as a mark of love and civility’.
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