Jollof rice: African-American music icon Akon battles Lagos deputy governor Obafemi Hamzat

Jollof rice: African-American music icon Akon battles Lagos deputy governor Obafemi Hamzat

 

If there is one food most West African countries lay claim to as the originator it is jollof rice. The staple meal has been promoted globally such that every first visitor to any of these countries wants a taste of the food.

Recently, Africa-born America music star, Akon, who visited in the country for the Google For Nigeria event draws a battle line between Senegal jollof and Nigerian jollof with the Lagos state deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat, defending his country.

 

The Senegalese-born singer at the Google event got into a debate with the deputy governor of Lagos about who has the best jollof rice in Africa.

 

 

Akon defending his country of birth said: “Senegal invented jollof rice.”

But Hamzat who is not ready to debate on who invented the popular meal took another angle by asking who cooks it best. He said: “I’m not talking about the history of jollof rice, I am saying Nigeria jollof is the best.” And the audience went wild with applause for the deputy governor who went further to add that: “I agree with you on the history. As you know,we all wants to be better off than our parents, we want to be better than our teachers so the Nigerian rice is the better.”

 

Lagos deputy governor schools Akon on which country makes better jollof between Nigeria and Senegal. Screenshot: Twitter, @Adebambo_A

 

Akon who was nodding his head in affirmation while listening with rapt attention had to clap for Hamzat as he ends his Nigerian jollof rice defence.