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Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye

So we have finally officially won our title and in the eyes of the entire world, too.

Nigeria has been globally declared as the country with the best Jollof Rice in the world and this time, it was through a fair contest. No arguments.

Ms Atinuke Ogunsalu, of Queensway Restaurant and Catering, Maryland, represented Nigeria and won, in a US Jollof Hackathon organized by Afropolitan Insights – Can we vote her for president already?

Here’s the back story: A Jollof Festival was held in Washington DC, United States, and it featured a Jollof Hackathon.

Ms Atinuke Ogunsalu in white scarf

Teams of 2-3 people representing African countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia competed for which country has the best Jollof Rice. About 600 attendees then went through a blind tasting to decide the winner.

Each finalist was given five minutes to present their dish to the judges who based their decisions on participants’ presentation, taste, and originality.

Ishmael Osekre of Afropolitan Insights with white towel

Ms Ogunsalu was rewarded with the sum of US$1000 and the role of chef at Jollof Caviar, an upcoming African fusion Restaurant launching in Washington in 2 years.

The Jollof wars will continue at the Jollof Festival in Brooklyn, NYC on July 23rd.

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