As part of activities to mark ‘World Jollof Day 2019’; Brands Manager at Onga Ghana, Madam Linda Nartey is predicting that Team Ghana will come out victorious against their Nigerian counterparts in the upcoming battle on who best prepares Jollof slated for August 24.
According to her, the upcoming event will not only present a unique opportunity for Onga as a brand to establish itself as the choice of spice for the delicacy but also help settle the friendly rivalry between both countries about the meal.
In an exclusive interview with Modern Ghana ahead of the competition dubbed ‘Onga Jollof Battle’, Madam Nartey said “The event will provide an opportunity for Onga to reinforce its position as the number one food seasoning in Ghana. It will re-affirm the commitment to support young budding talents in the culinary space as well as provide a fun-filled atmosphere for the youthful patrons of the brand."
Over the past decades, Jollof rice has become a dominant meal among West African dishes although it originated from ‘Senegal’ and was called ‘Wollof’. Jollof males have become a major delicacy at most events such as weddings, naming ceremonies, coronation among others. In the wake of the entire craze about the delicacy, 22nd August was adopted by teeming African youth across the world as ‘World Jollof Day’. Since the first celebration in 2015, World Jollof Day has grown to become a special day delicacy to the excitement that comes with the meal at any social gathering(s).
She highlighted that as the market leader in the area of food seasoning, Onga has continuously provided unique brand experiences to patrons and customers.
“The brand can boast of delightful memories through countless marketing activities that have been executed since its emergence in the market. These experiences are coupled with delicious meals prepared with the different variants of Onga seasoning. As people and the world at large, we celebrate World Jollof Day and Onga, your choice in preparation is joining the celebration by organizing a battle between Ghana and Nigeria on whose Jollof is best.”
However, a preliminary contest was organized for 8 contestants drawn from the 16 regions of Ghana. The contestants exhibited various skills as each spiced his or her meal with two or more variants seasonings available. After two hours of keen contest, Chef at the Guest Lodge Hotel, Sika Moetuo emerged winner as her meal among others not only caught the eyes of the judges but also tasted delicious.
Programme’s Director at the Ghana Chefs Association (GCA), Nana Ekow Dadzie Ansah who doubled as a judge lauded the initiative by Onga Ghana and expressed confidence that the winner from the Preliminary contest will make Ghana proud in the upcoming cooking challenge.
Lecturer at the Hotel Catering Institutional Department at the Accra Technical University, Madam Mary Afful, a judge, also disclosed that despite the current faction between Ghana and Nigeria, she believes that this battle will bring peace between the two countries.
Winner as well as Ghana's representative, Sika Moetuo commended organizers of the event and assured Ghanaians, the country will be crowned champions at the end of the friendly battle.