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JUST IN: President Buhari Applauds Hilda Baci, Says “You’ve Placed Nigeria On Global Spotlight”

  • President Muhammadu Buhari commends Hilda Baci, the 27-year-old gourmet chef, for breaking the world record for the longest hours of cooking and bringing global attention to Nigeria.
  • Buhari praises Hilda Baci for her talent, entrepreneurship, and contribution to the economy through her restaurant in Lagos and training of other talents.
  • The President acknowledges Hilda’s achievements, including winning the Jollof Face-off Competition and settling the jollof rice rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana.

In a moment of celebration, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his joy and admiration for 27-year-old gourmet chef Hilda Bassey Effiong, popularly known as Hilda Baci, as she makes history by breaking the world record for the longest hours of cooking.

Hilda’s remarkable feat has not only secured her a place in the Guinness Book of Records but has also placed Nigeria in the global spotlight.

In a statement released by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, President Buhari commended Hilda Baci for transforming her talent and passion into a successful career.

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The President acknowledged the positive impact of Hilda’s culinary expertise on the economy, as she runs a restaurant in Lagos and trains aspiring entrepreneurs. He also recognized her as a symbol of resilience, perseverance, and consistency in the culinary world.

The President highlighted Hilda Baci’s outstanding achievements, including her triumph in the Jollof Face-off Competition 2021, where she impressed the judges with her mouth-watering dishes, settling the long-standing rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana over who cooks the best jollof rice.

President Buhari believes that Hilda’s drive and ambition have not only brought increased interest and appreciation for the uniqueness of Nigerian cuisine but have also positioned her as a cultural icon with significant tourism benefits.

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He expressed hope that more young people would be inspired to follow in her footsteps.

President Buhari expressed his gratitude to the sponsors of the Hilda Baci Cook-a-thon, as well as government officials, including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, celebrities from the vibrant music and movie industry, and Hilda’s fans.

Their unwavering support and encouragement have contributed to bringing glory to Nigeria and showcasing the nation’s culinary excellence on a global scale.

As the nation revels in the accomplishments of Hilda Baci, President Buhari’s commendation serves as a testament to the transformative power of passion, entrepreneurship, and talent.

Hilda’s record-breaking achievement not only exemplifies her culinary prowess but also highlights the richness and diversity of Nigerian food culture.

With Hilda Baci leading the way, Nigeria continues to shine as a hub of creativity and culinary excellence.

The President’s full statement read: “The President notes the antecedents of the restaurateur, who dazzled at the Jollof Face-off Competition, 2021, preparing mouth-watering dishes that won the choice prize, and settled an age-long rivalry with Ghana on which African country should own the trademark for cooking better jollof- rice.

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“President Buhari believes Hilda Baci’s drive and ambition have brought more interest and insight into the uniqueness of Nigerian food, as another cultural icon, with huge tourism benefits, hoping more young people will follow in her footsteps.

“The President thanks the sponsors of Hilda Baci Cook-a-thon, government officials, including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, celebrities from the bubbling music and movie industry, and fans of the chef for all the support that has brought glory to the country.
“President Buhari wishes Hilda Baci more grace for a prosperous career.”



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