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People Express Their Love For West Africa's Most Famous Dish on #WorldJollofRiceDay

On #WorldJollofDay people are celebrating the beauty of the classic West African dish.

There's arguably no food more deserving of its own day than our beloved jollof rice, and today, August 22, is that day.


On World Jollof Rice Day, folks around the world, who've been touched by the flavorful wonder that is the cherished West African dish, are celebrating its existence in a number of ways.

Some are heading to mom and dad's kitchen for a jam-packed plate of jollof with a side of chicken and plantain, others are at  their favorite restaurants—perhaps enjoying it with some beef stew—and others are simply sharing their love and appreciation for the dish through expressive social media statuses.

Also, somewhere in the world, at this very moment, there's a jollof war going down between a  Nigerian and Ghanaian over which country's rice is superior. A Senegalese person is watching the whole thing and rightfully rolling their eyes.

No matter what background you like your jollof rice to possess, there's one thing we can all agree on: jollof rice is life. And though, it's often the center of heated national debates, it's also a unifying culutral staple that brings us together under its mouthwatering goodness. Yes, jolly rice is that big of a deal.

As you sit and reflect on all that jollof rice has done for you, read some of what people on social media are saying about the classic meal on #WorldJollofRiceDay.

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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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