2019 Akwaaba Expo opens in Lagos, as Nigeria wins Jollof rice contest

The 2019 Akwaaba Travel Market opened in Lagos on Sunday with a colourful opening ceremony attended by participants and visitors from the travel and tourism industry across Africa which was followed by the Jollof rice contest at Eko Hotel and Suite, Lagos.

At the end of the contest, chef Folashade Shoyombo from Nigeria won the 2019 Jollof rice contest followed by chef Deborah from Nigeria who came second, while Chef Fatima also from Nigeria came third.

With the total victory, it was a clean sweep for the chefs from Nigeria who showed class in the contest.

No fewer than 20 chefs from Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Ghana participated in the contest.

The winner, chef Folashade won a brand new fridge including a certificate for her effort, while the second person walked home with a generating set and a certificate, while other participants got plates and certificate of participation too.

The judges of the contest which include Didier Bayeye, acting general manager Africa sales/centre office, Sun International, Safie Ali, CEO Sathco African Safari, Uganda and Charity Githinji, MICE expert, business development Consultant and trainers were all from non participating countries.

The Jollof rice contest in its third edition has become one of the exciting features of the annual travel show.

The expo which was the 15 edition was declared open by the Nigerian Father of tourism, Chief Mike Amachree, supported by the director general of the National Council of Art and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe and other dignitaries, foreign Ministers, Ambassadors and others

Meanwhile, on Friday and Saturday, the Akwaaba team lead the delegation from the Caribbean on a tour of the slave routes in Badagry and other historical sites.

The team which include Carol Hay; Director of Marketing UK & Europe, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Dr Kerry Hall, director of Tourism Product Development, in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Barbados and Lorraine Grant, project manager, Caribbean Tourism Organisation visited the Badagry Local Government where they were well received by local government officials with fantastic cultural dance and scintillating dance steps to the admiration of the visitors.

They delegation paid a courtesy visit on Oba De Wheno-Aholu-Menu-Toyi 1. Akran of Badagry who presented certificates to them.
The team proceeded from the Akran palace to the point of no Return from where the slaves were shipped to America 400 years ago.

On Saturday, the team concluded their visit to Badagry with a tour of other historical sites in the town.

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