A man in Tana River County, Kenya has reportedly divorced his wife over poor cooking skills.

Mr Said Kofa is said to have dissolved his marriage with Ms Mariam Hiribae after she prepared his favourite Swahili dish – pilau – poorly.


The couple has been married for one and a half years.

The marriage ended after Mr Kofa reportedly vomited after eating the pilau. According to Ms Hiribae, Mr Kofa has been putting pressure on her to cook pilau, which she has confessed several times that she’s not well conversant with the recipe.

“I have told him several times that however much I try to learn how to prepare the dish, I never achieve the desired results. I needed more time to practice preparing the meal, but he would hear none of it,” she said.

She noted that in the past, she would hire someone to prepare pilau for her husband at a fee and that he would enjoy the delicacy. But on the fateful day, he insisted that he wanted her to prepare the meal by herself.

Ms Hiribae said she sought help from a neighbour, who gave her a recipe even as Mr Kofa watched to ensure that no one would help her cook.


After spending two hours in the kitchen, Ms Hiribae said she was convinced that this time she had got it right.

“I took my time to prepare that dish. I tasted it before serving, and it was okay. That was the best I ever did as a learner,” she said.

However, hell broke loose after Mr Kofa started eating the pilau. Ms Hiribae noted that he ran to the washrooms while coughing and spit out the food.

She got scared and followed him to find out what the problem was only to be slapped by Mr Kofa, who accused her of trying to kill him.

Source: Daily Nation

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