Nigerian jollof rice; my best food, says French Ambassador

Mr Denys Gauer, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, says the Nigerian Jollof rice is his best food.

Did you hear that Ghana? That should settle the jollof rice war, or don’t you think?

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Jollof rice is one of the most common dishes in the whole of West Africa. The food which is believed to have originated from the region of Wollof speaking people, which happens represented by northwestern Senegal, The Gambia, and southwestern coastal Mauritania, is arguably the best known African dish outside the continent.

Gauer, who spoke in Abuja on Thursday says: “Jollof rice is my best Nigerian food; maybe because I find it everywhere I go in Nigeria.’’

The envoy also added that the country was blessed with a rich cultural heritage that attracts foreigners, especially its food.

“I remember a year ago when I attended the annual yam festival organised by the Ogidi community in Kogi. I had a wonderful time and I saw and appreciated the display of their cultural performances especially the presentation of the new yam.

“The cultural display in the two days event showed that the festival was a moment to showcase the tourism potentials abundant in that area,’’ he gushes.

Guaer, also noted that basic infrastructure is needed to develop the tourism sector, something that has the potential to create jobs and boost the economy of the country.

He also stated that food is an important part of the process noting that “Nigeria is progressing especially in the area of cuisines, because I notice there are more good restaurants here in Abuja, Lagos and other cities in the country.

“But, what the country needs is more vocational training and we hope with such events as The Chef’s Taste Challenge and promotion, it would attract more people and create more interest in the sector,” he opines.

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