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Lai Mohammed Did not Say Senegal Makes the Best Jollof Rice – Richard Quest

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Richard Quest of CNN‘s Quest Means Business has cleared the air on one of the top trending topics on social media.

During Friday night’s show, Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed was asked “Which country makes the best Jollof rice,” and he responded with “I’ll have to say Senegal”.

Senegal?!” Quest said. “I hear a shock across the country, I hear a sigh across the country. Minister, thank you very much,” he added.

Quest has however said that the minister misheard. “He thought I asked, who first created jollof rice – hence his (correct) answer Senegal,” Quest wrote on Twitter.

However, prior to his Tweet, Twitter NG had dragged and is still dragging the minister following his statement.

Watch the video below:

27 Comments

  1. Dude

    April 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Lai Mohammed is just one unlucky man, always finds a way to f**k himself up ? And the Richard quest man, saying you mumbled the question is just a blatant lie. you said :”which country makes the best jollof” rice loud and clear, abi you’ve been taking classes from Lie Mohammad ?

    • Ottawa Queen

      April 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      For a Minister of Information, he should be able to hear well. . .that’s how they misinform the public of rubbish. Cus they all now beginning to have ear problem. Buhari started it.

    • Stephanie

      April 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      That’s actually funny…he should be able to hear well ???

  2. funmilola

    April 29, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Enough of all these jollof wars abeggi…..some issues don’t need to be debated.we all know naija makes the best jollof rice…..who cares what Lai Mohammed heard or not?

    • FasholasLover

      April 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      We care o! There is enough tension and poverty in Naija. Let the people relieve tension. This is TREASON O Liar Mohammed. Only punishable by electrocution.

      Now, Liar Mohammed is also hard of hearing? This is what happens when you appoint old men into sensitive positions. Under what rock has Liar Mohammed bn living not to know that there is a Jollof Rice WAR?????? Ehn, Ehn, Ehn???

    • edo babe

      April 29, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Nigeria should debate who has better electricity, now we can talk
      Nigerians don’t make the best jollof rice, it depends on who cooks it. For jollof rice, those older yoruba women who cook it the traditional way are the best.
      I’ve tasted some delicious Ghanaian jollof rice. The worst taste is the senegalese but some think it’s the best.

    • Kwaku

      April 30, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Don’t deceive urself ooo. Who told u Nigerians make the best jollof rice. U guys always want to take what belongs to Ghanaians. Always copy copy copy. Music n everything. No wonder Mr Eazi said it.

  3. Sita

    April 29, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Minister of Information cannot hear correclty.. mshew

  4. survivor

    April 29, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Can you guys debate on our epileptic power supply….? R.quest stop making jest of Nigeria with dis stupid jollof rice thingy

  5. Spunky

    April 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Just imagine!!! jollof rice kwa?!

  6. Ethio

    April 29, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I laughed myso hard when I saw that video on krakstv if handle. Biko talk about Nigeria’s poor but redeemable energy sector, our poor recycle culture, poor entrepreneurship empowerment, poor maintenance culture , handy renewable energy solutions, investment opportunities etc and stop lai’ing about jollof rice. Just two seconds in Nigeria and they have infected him with LIV

  7. Ethio

    April 29, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Ig handle*

  8. Baby gurl

    April 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Lmao Nigerian twitter voltrons must have attacked him after hearing Senegal lol. When did Senegal even enter this 3rd world war sef. I thought it was between Naija and Ghana, and most recently Gambia. Now Senegal has joined bad gang too?

    • Anon

      April 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

      That’s the origin. The Wolof and Jolof people who are in present day Senegal.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      I wish I could love your comment more.

      Nigerians, please let’s at least try and find out a little more history about our cultural influences.

    • Musa

      April 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      My dear, the origin of jollof people is Senegal they are still the dominant ethnic group in that country and it is there and the Gambia where you will find the best Jollof rice, read it on google or ask anyone you know who have been to anyone of these two countries. No one is going to stop you eating it so just accept the fact and move on

  9. RichyGame

    April 29, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Ok…

    We have many other more serious and biting issue to address, yes but let me say something…

    ‘Jolof’ reportedly has its origins with the Wolof people of Senegal and if the Minister is voicing a true-to-himself opinion, fine.

    i) But let’s consider something – Is this not treasonable de-marketing of the brand Nigeria if he was just being sentimental to the so-called source (not necessarily the best though)?

    ii) If borne out of ‘allegiance’ to the purported origins of jollof rice, does this not represent a disconnect between Mr. Minister Lai and the citizens of the nation state he serves?

    iii) The suspected non-aligned-with-the-people actions of the Minister of Information and Tourism; is it not indicative of the full gamut of detachment our state officials have with the very people that elected (or allowed their selection)?

    As far as I’m concerned, this is akin to heresy. Lol!

    Even Richard Quest understood the weight of the Minister’s blunder: “I hear a shock across the country, I hear a sigh across the country”!

    • Omalugo

      April 29, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      You will live long!! I wish I could hug you right now! You made perfect sense of the whole scenario

  10. Ada_ugo

    April 29, 2017 at 11:51 am

    like play like play, jollof rice wants to bring on WW3

  11. abby

    April 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Apparently the minister couldnt comprehend your onyibo phonetics sir..

  12. blackbeatle

    April 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    this jolof war thing annoys me ..it makes me believe nigerians trivialises the situation they find themselves in

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      April 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Na today?

  13. Tee

    April 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I know Senegalese make the best. Apart from the fact that there won’t be jolofrice without them. Please if you haven’t eaten Jollof from Senegal dont bother to comment. If una want I fit send you Riz grad naa

    • Aquamarine

      April 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      It is *riz gras”.. And yes, their jollof is great ! They call it “riz tchiep”.

  14. Musa

    April 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    The minister is correct, the best jollof rice is made in Senegal and Gambia by the jollof people. I don’t know why Nigerian cannot accept the fact and move on; it is not that they will be stopped from eating it. Jamaican eat curry but they understand that it originates from India.

  15. Uzoamaka

    April 30, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Mz Socially Awkward…. #preach
    Nigerians, please let’s at least try and find out a little more history about our cultural influences and vice versa I dare say. Tired of incessant claiming of anything vane and irrelevant to sustainable economic growth and development. P.S; #RememberingBiafra is online now so please share and watch insightfully.

    @UGOCHUKWU1111
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  16. Onome

    May 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I pity those of you who are shortsighted enough to think this issue is about Jollof rice. This issue is about branding Nigeria. Tourist visit places based on reviews like these, so it matters who is thought to have the best jollof rice, even if it is not true. All of us agree that image is important, this was an opportunity to market positively the Nigerian brand, and yes, this has a palpable effect on recession

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