Omotola Osikoya Named Nigeria's New Jollof Master
Omotola Osikoya has been named the country's newest Jollof Master.
She won the 2019 Champion of Jollof Master national culinary competition narrowly beating out Benjamin Oni and Hauwa Onifade, as the first and second runner up of the competition.
The event was part of the seventh edition of #EatDrinkFestival held at the Sterling Arena in Marina
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Osikoya, who won the coveted N1,000,000 prize and also earned the national Jollof Master bragging rights, delivered across three major evaluation criteria – execution, appearance and taste – during the final cookout.
Oni and Onifade won N200,000 and N100,000 cash prizes respectively.
Announcing the winners, Group Head, Agriculture Finance and Export of the bank, Mrs Bukola Awosanya, said, “we are excited to institutionalise and curate the popular but largely informal Jollof conversations into a national culinary competition. Jollof rice unites Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, age and religion, online and offline. Beyond the usual social media banter, we provided a platform for talented Nigerians to create and serve amazing Jollof meals to thousands at the #EatDrinkFestival as part of our commitment to food security and the agriculture sector."
The last edition of the popular food and drink festival which is in its seventh year attracted about 5,000 guests, excluding children, and about 80 vendors from the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) segment.
The festival also featured master classes, games and performances by notable artists.
It is rumoured that plans are being made to pit the Nigerian champion against other regional champions from Ghana, Senegal and the Ivory Coast.