The Jollof war ends! Ghana wins at the Onga Jollof battle

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Finally, we can all give it a rest!

That is not to say we did not know this already, but 24-year-old budding chef, Sika Mortoo from Ghana has laid all speculations to rest by beating her Nigerian contender, Abass Adebukola, known as Chef Turay at the Onga Jollof battle held over the weekend.

Chef Sika Mortoo

The competition saw both chefs displaying their culinary prowess lik never before as both representatives knew they were cooking on behalf of their countries.

On Chef Sika’s plate was a scoop of long-grain Jollof garnished with some spiced sauce and fried chicken thigh. Chef Turay also had on her plate a scoop of Jollof rice and fried chicken.

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At the judges table, it was nothing but all smiles as Chef Jove Ansah, Programme Director of the Chefs Association of Ghana, Chef Balo and Yeshen Naidoo, the Creative Strategist of the Promasidor Group savoured every bite off Sika’s plate and awarded her 95%. The judges were however not impressed with Chef Turay’s choice of broken rice for her plate, even though she defended it as what is usually used in Nigerian Jollof preparation. She went home with 75%

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Sika was awarded a cash price worth $2,000 as well as some kitchen equipment from Promasidor Ghana Limited as Chef Turay also won $1,000 and kitchen equipment.

Onga Jollof Battle was organised to commemorate World Jollof Day which is celebrated by African youth on August 22. it also provided the opportunity to lay the long overdue wreath on the Ghana-Nigerian jollof war tomb. There were also dancing competition, indoor and outdoor games to keep the place lively.

Of course there was lots of jollof to eat as well!


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MCs Heiress Jacinta and Emperor Foster were nothing short off the perfect duo for the event

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