Whenever there’s a discussion about “Jollof rice”, people outside normally think it’s unique to only Nigeria and Ghana, because the truth is, those two countries are always going head to head about everything. Jollof originated from Senegal and it spread throughout Africa.
On August 8th, President of the Philadelphia Associate of Black Journalists, Ernest Owens, who is also an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC, took to twitter, where he made a list of Jollof rice rankings. On the list, he added Senegal at the top, Liberia at number 2 spot and then, the two countries that’s somehow always going head to toe, took number 3 and 4 spot. See below!
Of course, just as you and I expected, Nigerians, Ghanaians and some foreigners jumped on his post to tell him that his list was not right and that it actually starts from bottom to up.
Owens then reply to his instagram post, where he responded to one of his commenter who said she disagree with him and that she’s team Ghana.
“Ghana usually my go-to as well. At this jollof tasting I had, perhaps the cooks were different. Lol I’m choosing violence with this post, don’t mind me.”https://www.instagram.com/mrernestowens/?hl=en
Another commenter commented and said, Owens post is the “Riskiest post” he had ever seen him post. He then replied and said:
My logic: “Y’all done let others slide for far worst. Gotta test the limit.”
As a Liberian, I only agree to stay at number 2 because Senegal created the “Jollof” rice and for that we genuinely appreciate them for their wonderful creation. However, you cannot ignore how topnotch our Jollof rice is; even Akon who is originally from Senegal agrees with me and I also have a video of him saying it.
You see, we’re rarely in the talk about this Jollof rice competition. I mean, we know how wonderful our food is that’s why we don’t really make too much noise. When our name is tagged, then we’ll come to defend ourselves because we were tagged. But I’ll like to add that the problem with people actually being genuine when it comes to this Jollof rice conversation is because everyone likes their own thing, which sometimes clouds their judgement. In the end, they barely give the proper credit. As the saying goes, “give flower to where it belongs.”
Anyway, once in a while we get to see people like Owens and Akon who come along and show appreciation to the real winners of Jollof rice who are Senegal and Liberia.
Eat your heart out and thank you for reading!