Jollof Rice is a very significant food to West Africa. Ghana, Nigeria, Togo etc eat this delicious dish anytime. But what’s so special about this Jollof rice? It was just a meal we all enjoyed in peace till it became a social media battle of “which country has the best jollof?”
The main contenders are Nigerians and Ghanaians, although Senegal at some point tried to be part of this fierce debate. If you don’t believe, check your social media feeds, especially Twitter.
The reddish one-pot dish is prepared with rice and tomato sauce with alternative ingredients that slightly vary by country. I think its the variation in recipes that cause the debate, even on the streets of the country. One would think the debate is just going to be between good bloggers, but politicians, celebrities, journalists etc seemed to have entered the fray at their peril. Even in street conversations, this is a popular topic l,
This variation in recipes is perhaps at the root cause of this debate, which is a popular topic not only social media, but also street conversations.
And the debate doesn’t only find an audience amongst rice lovers or food bloggers,
I HEAR shock across the country; I hear a sigh across the country!”, declared Rice
Between us, we all know Jollof is low on the list of our list of national palate kissers, yet there was genuine reason for Nigerians to be infuriated when the Information minister Lai Mohammed, in a misguided moment of objectivity, tried to give the shiny Jollof war trophy to Senegal. Social media went crazy. One would think it was an economic meltdown. Why?
First of all, Jollof is the food for our favourite national pastime- partying. To say no Nigerian party is complete without Jollof is to overstate an understatement. People even say a party without jollof is a meeting. Even if it won’t be eaten, the waiters dare not serve it.
Secondly, it is in Nigeria that the word ‘Jollof’ has got connotations other than the common noun. It is a metaphor for enjoyment, and can be used interchangeably as both a verb or an abstract noun. When you tell a Nigerian you are ‘jollofing’, he and only he knows exactly what you are talking about.
Last but not least the Nigerian woman is coy and modest about just about every matter but what goes on in her cooking pot.
From the look of things, the supremacy battle between the Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof doesn’t lool like it’ll end any soon. Personally, I have actually come across both of them and this is what I think. I ove the taste of Ghana Jollof, especially the one prepared from somewhere you know with goat meat. Some prefer it with Chicken. But for my taste bud, goat reigns. But you see, being a Nigerian, I can tell you categorically that nothing beats the Nigerian jollof. It’s absolutely amazing and it awakes your taste buds any day, anytime.
The Nigerian Jollof is still the king of all Jollofs all over the worlds as people like Keri Hilson, Richard Quest etc have confirmed it.