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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Final Verdict Between Ghanaian Jollof VERSUS Nigerian Jollof Rice

A never ending argument, a battle of two passionate cultures or a matter of taste and preferences. Call it whatever. 




The age old debate between Ghanaians and Nigerians about their respective ‘’jollof’’ has to come to an end at some point. Although there is no ‘’jollofmeter’’ to measure the quality or otherwise of each, we can conclude this long fought battle for supremacy by taking the respective meals through these few parameters.



What is Jollof? - Legend has it that the Wolof people of Senegal invented this meal presumably because of it’s name. It is made with rice, tomatoes, tomato paste sometimes with spices and vegetables. It is accompanied by either meat, chicken, fish or eggs. 

Some even go the extra mile of adding ‘’cole slaw’’. But if it’s original name was ‘’Wolof’’, can Ghanaians and Nigerians stop the battle now and explain to us why the name ‘’Jollof’’? Well, now that we have identified what it is, let’s put both of them on the table. Which qualifies as jollof and which doesn’t? Per the method of preparation, ingredients and final outcome (devoid of taste however), we can confidently say that, both Ghanaian and Nigerian jollofs pass this test.

 Score after round 1: Ghana 1-1 Nigeria.


2. Taste : On to round 2. This is the most difficult parameter to have used thus far with taste being a subjective parameter depending on individuals. There is no way a ‘’Ghanaba’’ who has lived in Ghana since birth or a proper ‘’Omo Naija’’ will accept that the opposite country’s jollof is better than theirs. If you are used to eating one type of jollof always, then briefly tasting another will hardly cause a change in your preference. 


It is easy to fall victim to that school of thought which suggests that a neutral person tastes both and passes judgement. But with so many years of this practice, we seemed not to be going anywhere. Many tourists visit both Ghana and Nigeria tasting both ‘’Jollofs’’. In the end, when you ask which tastes better, you may not like what you hear. When in Accra, in order to avoid Ghanaian trouble, they choose Ghana jollof. When in Lagos, you dare not choose another. After interactions with a Ghanaian , Yaw Baah - who has lived in both Ghana and Nigeria tasting both meals, the findings were that he preferred Ghanaian jollof because it is often less spicy and the type of rice often used is perfumed long grain. 

On the other hand, Nigerian Jollof to him was very spicy and the grains were very big. The taste to him wasn’t that different but the moisture content of the Nigerian jollof was higher making it sticky. In order to avoid bias, we had a chat with a Nigerian lady as well who has lived in both countries and has tasted both meals. Expectedly, she chose Nigerian jollof over the Ghana one because she thinks Nigerian is more nutritious and gets one full as compared to the ‘’light’’ Ghana jollof. Their assertions may not reflect what the whole Ghana and Nigeria think but based on their submissions, we score this round Ghana 1 - 2 Nigeria.


3. Garnishing : So you may be wondering what garnishing has to do with any of this. The appearance of jollof can either make you fall in love or lose appetite depending on which end of the table you sit. WIthout fear or favor, when both meals are served on a table, even Nigerians want to eat Ghana Jollof. The glow and spark that accompanies garnished Ghanaian jollof can make you half full even before you begin to taste it. Some Nigerians have mastered the art of garnishing in recent years and present stiff competition for their Ghanaian counterparts. However, this round belongs to Ghana and round 3 ends Ghana 2-1 Nigeria.


And yes! There is absolutely nothing to pick between these two. Ghana Jollof is Ghana Jollof and Ghanaians love it just the same way Naija Jollof is Naija jollof and Nigerians adore it. When jollof is carefully prepared, noting the right ingredients and properly garnished, it doesn’t even matter whether it is Ghanaian or Nigerian. 

Just dive in and kill it! Just note that the social media polls and boastings have no bearing on the taste of jollof you decide to eat. If you are a tourist in Africa, just ensure to consult local folk before deciding on any type of jollof to eat. They know where the best food is.


‘’So whether na Ghana jollof or Naija jollof, na your own mouth go make sweet you’’.!!!


Credit : Bennet Otoo , Jumia Travel

65 comments:

  1. God punish Ghanaian jollof rice







    I move the motion that, Nigerian jollof rice is 100 percent better than @Ghana must go jollof rice


    I so moved!! !





    @Galore

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    1. You just talk anyhow. You don't even think and it is sad. No wonder you have been unable to graduate. Perhaps you showed your ugly face because of give away, forget it Galore AKA Mr Bamidele, imbecile, it can only happen in your dreams.

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    2. You are sick Galore.

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    3. Abeg, are you the same Galore on lib, na so them they yab you for that place too

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  2. I'm not gonna conclude until I taste Ghana jollof rice.

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    1. Anonymous gangster19 May 2017 at 16:09

      Your head is correct. Simple.

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    2. U don't wanna taste it...except u are ready to vomit all ur intestine out...Ghanians are the most dirty bring in Africa...and they are jealous of Nigerians​....but too arrogant to say it out...that's why Juliet Ibrahim wan die for our men neck...all their female girls wanna fuck a Naija nigga dick before they become relevant...even their married ones re leaving their marital homes just to be with a Naija guy lol...but their men will never have the guts to ask a Naija babe out...but to ridicule what they can't get

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    3. Anon 18:04
      Buh Damilola Adegbite is married to A Ghanian dude Na?πŸ˜‚
      Haven't taste Ghana jollof and so it's Nigeria jollof all da way!

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    4. Anon 18:14
      I can tell you that Ghana jollof is bae. They really know how to prepare it especially when prepared with perfume rice. I have lived in Ghana before and I love Ghana just that they hate Nigerians with passion, any little thing you will hear "Alata nii Kwasia" well I think they are just jealous of Nigerians

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    5. As funny as it seems, I was expecting Reuben Abati's name beneath.

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  3. I haven't tasted Ghanaian jollof rice, so it's Nigerian jollof rice all the way.

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  4. Who is this ? Ehee.Bennet don't start what you can't finish.

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  5. Am i d only dt believes dt Jollof rice(party rice) cooked with fire woods taste better than those cooked with gas or stove? Especially,d down part.lol
    I love Nigerian jellof rice anytime.

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    1. Your head dey there. you are not the only one oh. Was about to type same thing when I saw your comment. The smoke just gives it this unique taste.
      Though I have not tasted Ghanaian jollof, I'll go for Nigerian jollof anytime.

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    2. Nope you are not the only one,party jollof rice cooked with firewood is the bomb

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    3. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    4. I love eating the down part too.
      Chai can't remember the last time I visited white house @sabo for jollof

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    5. What party jollof rice did to me early Monday morning? Hahahahahahha!

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    6. God bless your soul for this.😍😍😍

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    7. It's a crime under the Nigeria Jollof rice Constitution to spell Jollof wrong... pls it's Jollof n not Jellof

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  6. Na wa....in avery bad mood now...

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  7. #Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced*

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  8. There is something about "ungarnished" jollof rice. Don't get me wrong,u cAn garnish jollof rice. It tastes great. But there is just something about Nigerian "ungarnished" jollof.
    Esp the one cooked with firewood❤️

    I see this argument and I laugh. Cos I Have stayed a week in Ghana a long time ago. And as a sucker for rice,anything rice,I can't remember their rice Bn that great. If they made better jollof,I would have noticedπŸ˜‚

    Hey Tet Baby!πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

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    1. Ungarnished jelof be like love making without condom. The 'rawer' the better. Just jelof, plenty soft fried beef, the kind that carries Kanda, & cold drinks. Shikena.

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    2. ......this would never end πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘ Everyone should just eat their jollof and sleep. Personally, I prefer Gambian jollof. Fell in love the first time i ate it. They cook theirs with meats and pumpkin I think.

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  9. I don't think veggies and garnishing should exist in authentic jollof.Its local.not intercontinental and attempts shouldn't be made to 'foreignize' it.

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  10. This two countries should just stop arguing about whose Jollof rice is better. Anyone ever tasted Togo Jollof rice before. If you happen to taste it then trust me YOUR life will NEVER remain the same walahi!

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    1. Very true they make the best.. all our parties Togolese people are the ones that cook n the rice n meeeehhhhnnn na die! So I guess Togolese people make the best naija jollof πŸ™ŒπŸ½

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    1. It even changes the taste in my opinion.

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  12. Nigeria jollof beat Ghana jollof hands down ,ask Ghanians they know ,they should ask Nigerian jollof and senegelais jollof which is sweeter not Ghana jollof ,even Ghanians know Nigerian food is sweeter oya Abeena come and beat me i dey my house .

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  13. What of Senegalese Jollof rice😝😝😝😝

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  14. if I should judge by the appearance of the two dishes posted here, I will go with Ghana jollof.....I hate rice with big grains.. so tasteless and can't absorb pepper and spice together. that's my opinion.

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    1. We r judging with taste not pictures

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  15. That image up there with the Nigerian flag is not what Nigerian Jollof looks like, I don't like this kinda play

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  16. Please I don't like Garnishing in my jollof. Just give me side salad. So I can taste the jollof as it is and then have my salad separately. Simple!!

    Nice article though πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ I've tasted Ghana jollof and yes he spicing is not as intense. But it tastes nice. Very nice

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  17. Mtchewwwww. They have time

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  18. Have you tasted naija Kellogg with red oil before? Omg
    But then Ghana Kellogg is very sweet

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  19. I love my Nigeria Jollof Biko, so Ghanaian is good you people should love yours too😁

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  20. I ate Ghana jollof a few times when I went there briefly. I still prefer my naija jollof hands down.

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  21. Schooling in GH, seen their fried rice before? That one nah no go area but they prepare indomie very well you will taste and ask for more and less oil is used.

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  22. Abeg na only Lai Mohammed fit answer this question

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  23. The last time I ordered for a plate of Jollof rice in Accra, one of their biggest hotels around airport o, the rice was a disaster even my friend who is neither a nigerian nor Ghanaian could not eat it. What are we talking about?
    Note:This friend of mine loves Nigeria jollof rice and always talks about it

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  24. All this ones na joblessness

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    1. Anonymous gangster19 May 2017 at 19:40

      He's doing his job. He's a travel consultant.

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  25. And I'm suppose to read this? I just hope nobody will release a book over this matter.

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  26. I av eaten ghana jollof rice before nd it's lovely dia's is served with shitor nd coleslaw as sides it's lovely only dat dia rice is different na perfume rice dem dey chop

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  27. Na dem sabi,na my Jollof rice sweet pass,ask my cuties.

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  28. My Nigeria Jollofrice is incomparable

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  29. Personally I can't stand thier rice both jollof and white, thier stew taste and looks burnt. I keep trying to enjoy it but the food will just hang. Anytime am in Ghana i will look for naija restaurant there even though it is expensive or i will just do snacks.

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  30. The best thing Galore has said this year. Mbok, I agree.

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  31. There should be no garnishing with jollof rice please. True, the firewood one is the best. My Ghanaian friend at work brings jollof rice to work and sometimes I call it curry rice. Just orange like curry and then they use only basmati. Basmati and jollof rice no be am. Easy cook long grain rice any day for the best jollof rice.

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  32. Enough of this jollof rice ish, they should try oil rice with fresh fish and scent leaves...😈😈😈😈

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  33. Are we still on this absolutely ridiculous argument about who's jollof taste better??? Obviously, every country thinks they're food tastes better. Same way, every tribe thinks they're better than the other. I say, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Togolese, Senegalese, Cameroonians and Liberians should just eat their jollof and believe it's the best as this would never end. Live and let live!

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  34. In my view, the only way to settle this dispute is to invite some Wollof people from Senegal to come and taste both varieties and pronounce judgment.

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  35. SInce yall have such low self esteem evident fromyour fake accent and social media posing let me help yall out - if it will bring your low self esteem up a notch

    I have never tasted ANY Nigerian Food Period let alone spoil my taste bud with your jollof. But let me help yall out
    Yes your jollof is the best
    Clap for yourself


    hahahhahahahahahhahahahahhhah

    indeed

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  36. @anon 19 May 2017 at 22:40 - you are a sniveling moron. You love us so much and you want to be like us that you come on Naija blogs. Please read and keep quiet. Idiots like you aren't wanted here.

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