In the drive to bring more people into the financial inclusion net and also support the entrepreneurial initiatives in the country, leading digital bank, VBank has supported the maiden edition of the ‘Jollof Faceoff’ competition.
The ‘Jollof Faceoff’ competition celebrated the love Nigeria and Ghana have for Jollof Rice and brought together chefs, food experts, and business owners in the food industry. It showcased the culture, uniqueness, and culinary talents of Nigerians and Ghanaians.
According to the digital bank, the Face-off was designed to further equip participating chefs and entrepreneurs to transform and expand their food businesses into ventures generating employment, economic benefits, and social value.
Speaking on the competition at a press parley, Senior Product Manager, VBank, Ebere Ahaotu said, “The competition would allow us to appreciate cooking as an art form and further appreciate different cultures. We see it more as a way of impacting SMEs in the food business in Nigeria which is a major part of social and economic development”
As an innovative brand, VBank is keen on economic empowerment, and it is our desire to see businesses go beyond profit-making to embed societal and environmental interests which would deliver long term growth” he added.
At the ‘Jollof Faceoff’, organisers ensured that all judges representing both African countries; Music producer and CEO Mavin Records; Don Jazzy, Food, Lifestyle Blogger and Vlogger; Sisi Yemmie, Culinary Entrepreneur; Mukase Chic and Media Practitioner; Abeiku Santana went through a blind tasting session and awarded scores across several parameters.
Chef Hilda Effiong Bassey beat Chef Seyram Leslie Kumordzie to score the highest marks, winning the grand prize of $5,000.
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