Talk About Jollof Rice: The Gambia Wins.

Talk About Jollof Rice: The Gambia Wins.

All right, let’s talk about Jollof rice! You’re going to love it if you’ve never heard of it. These people are really excited about this tasty food from West Africa. Put tomatoes, meat, onions, spices, and water in a pot. Cook them all together with veggie oil. Yes, that’s Jollof rice!

Talk About Jollof Rice: The Gambia Wins.

Talk About Jollof Rice: The winner is…

The story is that people in West Africa have been jokingly competing over who makes the best Jollof rice. As many as five countries have put their hats in the ring: Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, and Cameroon. But what do you know? Guinea is the winner this year! At the West African Food Festival (WAFFEST) in Lagos, Nigeria, The Gambia won first place. Their great cook Saikou Bojang was in charge.

Talk About Jollof Rice: A Snack of Victory

Hey, it’s not enough to just win once. There have been three times now that The Gambia has won the prize. Wow, that was amazing. From 2017 to 2018, they won in Ghana, and now they’ve won again in 2023. The West African Chef Alliance has chosen Chef Bojang to be their new leader. He’s not just a one-time thing, either. He is also now the Director of the Africa Chefs Alliance, which makes him the boss. That’s pretty cool, right?

Talk About Jollof Rice: But Not Without Competitors

Let’s now give credit where it’s due. Liberia came in second place at WAFFEST, with Wonyean Gaye and Femi Joyous Wilson on stage. What do you know? You can’t just give up on them. They are already getting ready for the next challenge, where they will be stronger. That is the spirit!

How to Put It Together

It’s important to remember that Senegal did not attend WAFFEST. That’s pretty important because Senegal and The Gambia are thought to be two of the “OGs” (Original Gangsters) of Jollof rice. Jollof comes from the word “Wollof,” which is used to describe a group of people who live in Senegal, The Gambia, and some parts of Mauritania. In the 1400s, these countries were a part of the powerful Wolof kingdom.

Last Thoughts

That’s it! The Gambia wins this year’s Jollof rice competition! But hey, the other guys aren’t going anywhere. As cooks like Saikou Bojang lead the way, countries like Liberia are close behind. Who knows what will happen next? But one thing is for sure: Jollof rice isn’t just a food; it’s a way of life!

Let the Jollof party go on!

Now that the winner has been chosen, let’s party! Jollof rice is more than just a food; it’s a part of our culture. It brings people together, starts friendly rivalry, and most of all, it makes us happy. So let’s keep the Jollof rice party going strong, whether you make it at home or at a place nearby! Who knows, maybe your country will win next year. Let’s enjoy this tasty West African meal now and spread the word!