The War on Jollof: Which Country Makes the Best Rice?

If you have any ounce of African in your blood, follow any Afro-comedic social media page, or simply love to keep up with all things Africa, then the dispute between which country makes the best jollof rice is not something new to you.

Jollof rice is a native West African dish similar to the Westerner’s jambalya or pilaf. For the most part, jollof is made with the same basic ingredients: tomato paste or sauce, seasoning, and rice. All other variations of this dish are dependent on who is making it and whatever other ingredients they may choose to add. Some people add vegetables like onions, peas, or carrots. Others add assortments of meats such as goat, beef, and chicken.

ca13cc43d634de36cc2e75e134cd7378Recently, however, the battle engaging most West African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Sierre Leonne, Gambia, and Senegal, have created a frenzy all over social medial. Folks have taken to Twitter and Instagram to share not only who’s jollof is better, but also shaing why, using memes and gifs.

But it’s no secret that the two biggest contenders in this jollof war are Ghana and Nigeria. Perhaps it is the close proximity the countries have to one another, or the vast similarities in culture and style that make them so competitive. Whatever the case may be, it is clear that these two nations are not backing down when it comes to who’s rice is better.

So who do you think makes jollof the best, and why? Let us know in the comments below!


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Olivia Adubofour

Contributing Writer/Associate

Often described as sweet, alluring, ambitious, and fearless, Olivia is your go to girl for just about anything! She is passionate about serving others, and wholeheartedly strives to bring out the best in everyone. Although currently a college student studying law, Olivia is level headed and open minded about wherever open doors may lead her in life! Her motto is simple: "Wherever I'll be tomorrow, that's where I'll be!"

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