Nigerians have expressed their excitement as the long fight for the best jollof rice between Nigeria and Ghana is put to test.
The ‘Jollof Face-off’ is between representatives from both countries while the winner gets to walk away with the bragging right but also a $5,000 prize.
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Among the four judges for the cooking contest is Don Jazzy and Abeiku Santana.
The fate of Nigeria rests on the shoulder of Hilda Bassey, a multi-talented television cooking show host. Bassey hosts ‘Dine of a Budget’ in Dstv and has featured in several shows while Seyram Leslie Kumordzie carries the burdens of Ghanaians to the show.
The show holds in Lagos today featuring also 13 talented representatives and four judges.
According to the organisers, the ‘Jollof Faceoff’ seeks to celebrate the love Nigeria and Ghana have for the delicacy and also showcases and celebrates the different cultures, and the unbridled passion.
“We plan to evolve, from just the ‘Jollof Faceoff,’ but into holding Food Festivals and having Jollof Cookouts as well as other amazing events that everyone can participate and enjoy,” the organisers said.
Nigerians on Instagram did not hide their desire to clinch the prize as they expressed their enthusiasm to see the show.
One of the Instagram users, omokehinde_xx said, “I’m fully ready and so much excited,” Judeudoubak said he would not miss the event for anything while ebunluv said she was already fired up for the day. Another user, subway16_ said, “I foresee this battle to be epic tomorrow afternoon. I’m not missing it’ while abosedeesther said, “Why does it seem like the time is slow today? Looking forward to the event,” and ruthiessky said the contest was exciting adding that she was ready for the faceoff.
The debate for the best jollof rice has been ongoing between Ghana and Nigeria and has also attracted comments from some of Nigeria’s government officials.