British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin has said jollof from Ghana is “superior” to Nigerian jollof.
Last year when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Nigeria, he described Nigerian jollof as delicious but was cautioned by his close Nigerian friends not to compare Nigerian jollof to that of other countries.
The caution stems from the fact that there has been an ongoing debate between Nigerians and Ghanaians over which country’s jollof tastes better.
But according to Mr Benjamin, he enjoys telling his Nigerian friends Ghanaian jollof is tastier than Nigerian jollof.
In a response to a tweet on what his favourite Ghanaian dish was, the British diplomat tweeted back: “Ghanaian jollof rice. Which I especially enjoy telling Nigerian friends. The GH version is of course the superior one.”
Jollof rice is one of the most common dishes in western Africa and is consumed in Senegal, The Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Cameroon, Mali, and Ghana.
The dish consists of rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onions, salt, spices such as nutmeg, ginger, scotch bonnet and chilli peppers. Optional ingredients such as vegetables, meat or fish may be added. Due to the tomato paste, the dish is always reddish.
Ghanaian jollof rice. Which I especially enjoy telling Nigerian friends. The GH version is of course the superior one. https://t.co/bSnoq3FfGq
— (((Jon Benjamin)))🇬🇧🇲🇽🇨🇱🇬🇭 ✡️ (@JonBenjamin19) May 18, 2017