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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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