Is jollof rice Nigeria's greatest meal?
Make no mistake, people, jollof is so Nigerian and it’s surely, unarguably our greatest meal ever!
There were several differences in the way of life of the peoples. Cultures differed and so did the elements of those cultures, such as language and food.
A common language – English - was given to us and that did the job of unifying us in communication.
While we can thank the British for the shared tongue, history says we owe the old Jolof people who ruled parts of Senegal for unifying us in food!
And that food, undoubtedly, is jollof rice!
Jollof rice is now pretty much as powerful at bonding Nigerians as English language does.
From the tight wooden sheds of Lagos mainland to the hinterlands of Owerri and vast lands in the North, jollof rice has a place on all menus.
If you find yourself in a part of the county you’ve never been before and you’re scared of eating something unfamiliar that might upset your stomach, what do you turn to?
If there’s a birthday party, wedding ceremony, naming, anniversary celebration, burial party, what’s that food that’ll unfailingly be on the menu?
How about about Christmas, Sallah, Easter, Eid al-Fitr and New year celebration, what’s the meal Nigerians can’t be merry without?
Of course, it's got to be jollof!
Filled with the red goodness of tomatoes, onions and heady essence of firewood smoke, Nigerian jollof is our greatest meal and more.
It is already well and truly a National treasure, our country's culinary pride, one of the things we’ll always bully Ghana with, one of the bragging rights we have over Cameroun, Gambia and even Senegal where the thing allegedly originated from. [If only our minister of information knew better]
With or without dodo, salad and moi moi, jollof rice is most certainly part of the Nigerian culture, the Nigerian experience.
Every tourist and national guest that comes here wants to be part of the greatness – Trey Songz and Richard Quest are nodding their heads in agreement right now.
Even abroad, Nigerian jollof does us proud.
Frankly, it is in the same category as Wizkid, Petrol, Fela, Asa and other exports we boldly send from Nigeria to the world.
Jollof rice is like that smart kid that gets to represent your school at every external event where the school needs to put its best foot forward.
Of course, Nigerian jollof won the first ever jollof competition held in Washington DC.
Even though it originated from Senegambian regions, once jollof crossed into Nigerian border, its flavor wafting in gloriously after it, our country embraced it, clothed it in Nigerian essence of firewood smoke and naturalized it.
Make no mistake, people, jollof rice is now so Nigerian and it’s surely, unarguably our greatest meal ever!
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