[Lagos]–Nigeria’s Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday delivered his verdict on the #JollofWars by describing Nigerian jollof rice as “the best in the world”, ending the controversy started by minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed was quoted to have said that the Senegalese make the best jollof rice on the continent while responding to a question by Richard Quest, CNN International business editor.
Although Quest has since defended the minister, saying the minister did not hear his question correctly, the incident sparked off unpleasant reactions on social media among a cross-section of Nigerians.
According to Quest, the minister thought he was asked to name the origin of jollof rice. The answer is of course Senegal.
The Vice-President delivered his verdict yesterday while speaking at “The Platform Nigeria,” a Global Media live broadcast on Channels TV convened by Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, in Lagos.
“And by the way, we all know that Nigerian jollof rice is the best, we beat the Ghanaians and the Senegalese hands down.”
“We have everything, and our people are doing incredibly innovative things.
“Our music and entertainment industry is the fastest growing in the world,and of course, nobody is as funny as Nigerians, whether professional or amateur,”he noted.
The #JollofWars, which has been around for a while centers around the most interesting and heated food debates amongst the diaspora of which West African nation makes the best Jollof rice.
Though, it is somewhat settle that Jollof Rice originated from Senegal but the question of who prepares it best has figuratively drawn a lot of blood from the major warring countries – Nigeria,Ghana,Senegal and more recently, Liberia.
Last year, Mark Zuckerberg was reported to have said, “Yesterday, I had jollof rice and shrimp. It was delicious, fantastic. I was told not to compare Nigeria’s jollof rice to that from other neighbouring countries.”
In 2014, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver advanced his own version, containing coriander and cherry tomatoes, that effort ended in the hashtag #Jollofgate.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg