President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded Hilda Bassey Effiong, popularly known has Hilda Baci for breaking the Guinness Book of Records for longest hours of cooking, thereby putting the name of the country on global spotlight.
The 27-year old Chef, had just broken the record set in 2019, by an Indian, chef Lata Tondon who cooked for 87 hours and 45 minutes.
Hilda Baci became a sensation after cooking for over 90 hours to the admiration of many Nigerians.
In a Statement by the Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari appreciated Hilda Baci for turning her talent and passion into career into which has had a positive effect on the nation’s economy, through training of other chefs and now leads the world through dedication, perseverance and consistency.
According to the President, the records of Hilda Baci should be a reference point in cooking.
”The antecedents of the restaurateur, who dazzled at the Jollof Face-off Competition, 2021, preparing mouth-watering dishes that won the choice prize, and settled an age-long rivalry with Ghana on which African country should own the trademark for cooking better jollof- rice”. He said
He expressed hope that Baci’s ambition would serve as inspiration for young Nigerians and bring enormous benefits to the country’s economy.
”I believe that Hilda Baci’s drive and ambition have brought more interest and insight into the uniqueness of Nigerian food, as another cultural icon, with huge tourism benefits, hoping more young people will follow in her footsteps.
President Buhari appreciated the sponsors of Hilda Baci Cook-a-thon, government officials, including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, celebrities from the music and movie industry, and fans of the chef for all the support that has brought glory to the country.
Writing by Abdallah Bello; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade