News Hub Creator 12/8/2019
It’s no longer news that the most popular female rapper in the world Cardi B is in Lagos for a music festival. Thanks to her very active and intriguing instagram page, her over 59 million followers from all over the world have gotten a glimpse into Nigerian living that even some Nigerians are completely unaware of.
Before Cardi B’s arrival, she had spoken about how she couldn’t wait to try out the world famous Nigerian Jollof rice. Over the years, Jollof rice has evolved from a luxury meal reserved for Sunday’s and special occasions to becoming a staple in most homes. Many have proposed that Jollof rice become the national dish, although in such an ethnically diverse nation like Nigeria it might be impossible.
Jollof rice remains the subject of an international cuisine war among West African nations. The Gambians claim Jollof rice is their invention, named after the Wolof ethnicity, native to Senegambia. Ghana, a prominent advocate for Jollof’s rights be recognised as a Ghanaian dish, insist their version is the best in the world. Nigerians continue to lay claim to the origins of this orange tomatoe flavoured rice.
While the jollof wars continue in West Africa, one version which will probably never make the dinner table of most African homes is the English version. A British Chef Jaime Oliver, attempted to recreate his version of Jollof rice. The less said about it, the better for all stakeholders involved in the jollof supremacy war.
At the moment, the Nigerian Jollof rice seems to be leading the race. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted he preferred the Nigerian Jollof rice. Surprisingly, Facebook has not been boycotted in Ghana and new users continue to sign up everyday, to keep in touch with family and friends and also possibly to continue the jollof wars online.
Two tips to great tasting jollof rice is the use of a wooden spoon to stir and letting the rice burn a little at the bottom of the pot to create a smoky flavour. Amdnyes, it’s perfectly acceptable to garnish with diced up carrots and green peas.
While it can not be confirmed that Cardi B has had her fill of Jollof rice, it has been proven that Cardi has had quite a lot of her share of Nigerian booze. She posted a video to her Instagram, where she appears excited and very satisfied, maybe a bit too satisfied with her alcohol. In the video, she says she had just a bit of Nigerian Guineas stout and it’s stronger and better than anything she’s ever had. I can only hope she was treated to some nice nkwobi or Suya with her stout.
Nigeria 2- the world 0.
Naija Food And booze for the win!