Days after Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, made what Nigerians have described as a blunder over who has the best Jollof rice while being interviewed by CNN’s Richard Quest, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has come to his rescue, insisting that Nigeria’s Jollof Rice is "the best in the world".   

It appears the Professor knows better than the Minister, whom Quest had made an attempt to defend after he said Senegal’s Jollof Rice was better than that of his country.

Quest said:

The incident had triggered unpleasant comments on social media, with many Nigerians wondering what Senegalese Jollof Rice was like compared to a well garnished Jollof Rice made in Nigeria which they savour with all excitement.

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To cushion the uproar that had greeted the Minister’s statement, Professor Osinbajo made an emphatic statement about Nigeria's Jollof Rice at “The Platform Nigeria,” a global media live broadcast convened by Poju Oyemade, Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, in Lagos.

He said: “And by the way, we all know that Nigerian Jollof rice is the best, we beat the Ghanaians and the Senegalese hands down,” he chipped in, making a correction of the Minister’s statement.

“We have everything, and our people are doing incredibly innovative things.

“Our music and entertainment industry is the fastest growing in the world, and of course, nobody is as funny as Nigerians, whether professional or amateur,” the Vice President told the gathering.

Professor Osinbajo also extolled Nigerians innovative feats in various fields, especially in recent times.

“Last year Oluyinka Olutoye, a Nigerian surgeon successfully took out a baby from her mother’s womb, operated on the womb, and put the baby back in.

“The baby was carried full term and was born naturally — a feat previously unheard of.

“Only last year, a Nigerian girl Morolake Akinosun won a gold medal at the Olympics.

“Last Saturday, a Nigerian boxer Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua won the WBA, becoming the boxing champion of the world,” he added.

The correction was apt, but many Nigerians will not forget the statement of the Minister about their delicious Jollof Rice, a staple meal among Africans.

There has been rivalry between Nigerians, Ghanaians, Senegalese and some citizens of other African countries about which country makes the best of the meal.

Nigerians still believe their Jollof Rice is the best in the world, and if you are from another country and do not believe, a trip to Nigeria will not be a bad idea.