This Sunday is World Jollof Rice Day!

You might be a Nigerian jollof fan or a Ghanaian jollof fan.  You might think that Jamie Oliver’s jollof was on point or you might believe it was disgusting.  You might not even like jollof rice (what is wrong with you?).  But you have to agree that jollof rice is important. So this World Jollof Rice Day (yes, this is a thing), MAGGI Nigeria and Kitchen Butterfly have organised a special event to celebrate World Jollof Day.  Here’s what’s going down:

1. A Jollof Rice exhibition.

Involving food art from super-creative Haneefah Adams (@muslimahanie) and the winners of the Instagram Photo Contest for World Jollof Rice Day.

2. A lesson on the history of Jollof Rice.

For those of you who want to know were jollof comes from (hint: heaven).

3. A chat with the convener of the first Wolof/Jolof Exhibition.

His name is Folakunle Oshun and he’s a sculptor. And a jollof rice lover.

4. A book meet on “Jollof Rice in Literature.”

Who knew that jollof rice was so deep? Wana Udobong, Ozoz Sokoh and Amanda Chukwudozie will be discussing Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Without a Silver Spoon by Eddie Iroh and other books. Eghosa Imasuen, author of fine boys will moderate and they’ll discuss themes like the cultural significance of Jollof, Jollof Rice across ethnic and socioeconomic barriers and Jollof as comfort food. (Seriously though, who knew?)

5. An actual meal of Jollof Rice from Ghana High

Now you’re talking!

6. And finally, the after-party!

Because ain’t no party like a Jollof party…

7. And it’s going down this Sunday 21st August…

… at Whitespace (58 Raymond Njoku, Ikoyi, Lagos) between 4 and 7 pm.  They said you should come hungry, we agree!


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