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Mixed Reactions As Gambia Beats Nigeria To Win Best Jollof 2023

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Jollof rice fans worldwide have taken to social media to share their thoughts about The Gambia emerging winners of the 2023 Jollof competition at the West Africa Food Festival held in Lagos, Nigeria.

The competition, which ran from August 9-14, saw the winning team, led by the award-winning Chef Saikou Bojang beat 15 other countries including Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia to emerge champions.

WAFFEST featured four master classes, food and wine tastings.

Reacting to The Gambia’s win, tweeps have taken to the social media platform X to share their thoughts about the competition.

While some celebrated The Gambia’s win, others expressed their disbelief at their win.

Ava Dadonness tweeted, “The Gambia is the champion of Jollof!!! Now Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia can hang it up.”

Thatmarieaj, “I worked with Chef Bojang @SenegambiaHotel, and he makes a mean meal Well done team Gambia .”

Hussain Dada, “I don’t wanna hear no more JOLLOF RICE debate on this app ever again! Gambia leads the way. Nigeria and Ghana in the mud.”

Rachel Renee, “So Gambia took 1st place in the Jollof Rice Competition in Lagos?! I know my people having a fit.”

Sheabuttaqueen wrote, “The jollof from another country other than Gambia and Senegal doesn’t compare.”

Amie Bright also tweeted, “The Gambia stays winning this Jollof rice competition, 3 times in a row gotta mean something ukno. The small population is our only problem that’s why we’re not out there!! Lol smh.”

HelloPrincess, taking a jab at Nigeria and Ghana’s jollof skills, tweeted, “Ok so Gambia won the best jollof rice competition. Nigeria & Ghana need to stop yapping now.”

A few other tweeps also joined in on the conversation, expressing disbelief at The Gambia’s win thus:

Ciatta Doe, a Liberian, tweeted, “The Gambia beat Liberia in a Jollof competition??! FOOLISHNESS.”

Obinna. Et disagreeing with the win wrote, “The Gambia taking the top spot in the jollof competition is as preposterous as a fish riding a bicycle. A glitch in the matrix of culinary expectations. Very hard to fathom!”

Queen Etonde, “I think Nigerian Jollof is not even top 3…. Senegal, Gambia, Liberia, and Cameroon are the top 4 (in that order.)”

Eman simply tweeted, “wtf u mean Gambia won the competition for best jollof rice???”

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BREAKING: Tinubu Appoints Ayodeji Gbeleyi as BPE DG

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President Tinubu
– Ayodeji Gbeleyi appointed as Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises
– Renowned financial expert and award-winning chartered accountant
– Over 30 years of experience in diverse sectors

President Bola Tinubu has appointed Ayodeji Ariyo Gbeleyi as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

According to the President’s spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Gbeleyi is expected to bring his vast experience and competence to bear in this role.

Gbeleyi is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

He has also attended executive programmes at the prestigious London Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Lagos Business School.

With over 30 years of post-qualification experience in diverse sectors, Gbeleyi is well-equipped to strengthen the agency as the national resource centre for capacity building and sustenance of reforms.

The President expects him to promote a competitive private sector-driven economy and ensure social accountability and efficient deployment of public resources.

“The new Director-General is expected to bring his vast experience and competence to bear in this role,” said Ajuri Ngelale. “He will advance effective corporate governance and fiduciary discipline in the public and private sectors.”

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Love Knows No Age: Breaking Down the Taboo of Younger Men Dating Older Women in Nigeria

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As I explore Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, I’m struck by the harmful biases that exist.

One example is the stigma against older women dating younger men – a double standard that restricts women’s choices and reinforces harmful gender stereotypes.

In Nigeria, a woman’s value is often tied to her age, with younger women being prized for their beauty and fertility.

what about older women who desire love and companionship? Why are they shamed for their relationships, forced to hide their love due to societal pressure?

The double standard is clear. Older men marrying younger women is widely accepted, even celebrated, while older women in relationships with younger men face judgment and discrimination.

This issue affects men too, who are trapped by societal norms, forced to conform to traditional gender roles and expectations.

It’s time to challenge these outdated norms and embrace love in all its forms by promoting gender equality and inclusivity.

Let’s look to inspiring examples of older women who have defied societal norms and found love with younger men. Women like Gabrielle Union, who has spoken publicly about her relationship with her husband, Dwyane, who is several years younger than her or women like Viola Davis, who has embraced her love for her husband, Julius Tennon, despite their significant age difference.

These women are trailblazers, paving the way for a new generation of Nigerians who refuse to be bound by societal norms.

They show us that love knows no age, no gender, and no boundaries. It’s time for us to follow their lead and create a society that truly celebrates love in all its forms.

Research has shown that relationships with significant age gaps can be just as fulfilling and long-lasting as those with smaller age gaps. In fact, some studies suggest that older women in relationships with younger men may experience increased happiness and satisfaction due to the younger partner’s energy and enthusiasm.

By letting go of societal constraints and embracing our true desires, we can experience increased self-esteem, confidence, and overall life satisfaction.

we can create a society where everyone can love freely, without fear of judgment or rejection.

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