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Lagos sets to stoke fires of jollof rice war

Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya flanked by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Imota Rice Mill, Dr Rotimi Fashola, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Tokunbo Emokpae.

The Lagos State Government is set to stoke the fires of the jollof rice war between Nigeria and other African Countries at this year’s edition of the Lagos Food Festival.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya who announced this at a news briefing in Victoria Island said the annual event will hold on the 11th of December at the Muri Okunola Park, also in Victoria Island.

She said this year’s edition, themed “A taste Of Africa” will attract Chefs from Lagos, Nigeria and all other African Countries, showcase the ecosystem being created by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu while enabling attendees to generally have a good time and give stakeholders across the various Food Chain opportunities to interact with final end consumers and get feedback

“This year is a Taste of Africa and part of what we will be showcasing will be the Jollof war, there’s always this banter between Nigerians and Ghanaians about Jollof, I am fortunate to have experienced both, I lived in Ghana for eight years, and I am a Nigerian, but trust me, nothing beats the Nigerian Jollof, Ghanaians can only try, they can only copy, I am yet to see that Ghanaian Jollof that can stand beside Nigerian Jollof. But amazingly, you know Jollof emanated from Senegal or so, I am hoping we can see Senegalese Jollof. So that those who invented Jollof can come and prove whether they can hold their mettle”

“Invitations have been sent out on all our social media platforms for Chefs from all parts of Africa to be part of the programme and showcase their culinary skills of the various culture and people, Lagos is an all-inclusive ecosystem, we just want people to come and have fun,” she said.

Top officials of the State Ministry of Agric with some of the Chefs that would be participating in this year’s Lagos Food Festival.

One of the Chefs who will be participating in the Food Festival and the Vice President, Culinary Arts Professionals Association, Nigeria, Mr. Gbolabo Adebakin said an afro fusion menu of foods indigenous to Lagos State would be curated alongside what he called “the African Dining experience” during the event.

He said “Indigenous ingredients that are unique to Lagos, unique to Africa, and we are going to do something called “the African dining experience, we are encouraging people to be part of this when you come to the Food festivals you’ll see what you haven’t seen before, this year, food will shine, Lagos Food will shine”

The Food festival which was previously known as Lagos Seafood Festival was enlarged a few years ago to cater to people who do not eat seafood.

Over 7,500 people participated in last year’s edition of the festival while the various vendors who took part made brisk business.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; editing by Abdullahi Lamino