Sierra Leone won the 2019 Jollof competition in Washington, DC, USA. This West African country has gained the upper hand over neighboring Liberia, Nigeria, and Ghana. Ghana could only rank fourth, behind Liberia and Nigeria, second and third, respectively.
Sierra Leone was represented at the Jollof competition by Carol Mabinty Khanu, a 26-year-old chef. The competition was held on July 6. The festival was organized by Afrooilitan Insights, founded by a certain Ishmael Osekre.
“We are incredibly happy for Carol and wish her and all the other laureates and personalities the greatest success for their individual journey, they have all contributed enormously to the success of this festival, as we started in 2017,” said Mr. Osekre.
The very first Jollof competition in Washington was held in 2017. It was won by Nigeria.
The Jollof rice remains one of the dishes the most widespread in western Africa, it is consumed widely in the regions of Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Togo, Liberia, Niger, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, and Cameroon. In recent years, Ghanaians and Nigerians have been constantly debating which country is best at preparing the Jollof.