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oday, Google celebrates West African dish jollof rice, with a Google Doodle. Jollof rice is a unifying dish initially from Senegal but in addition made in international locations like Nigeria and Ghana, simmered in decreased tomatoes, onions, peppers, and regional spices.

So, who makes the perfect jollof?

Jollof rice has created a longstanding (humorous and lighthearted) rivalry between Nigerian and Ghanaian variations. For instance, Nigerians use long-grain rice that absorbs extra spices, whereas Ghanaians use basmati rice with a extra fragrant flavour. However additionally it is a dish that unifies individuals among the many West African diaspora.

Though jollof rice was historically cooked with fish for dinner, Africans right this moment additionally take pleasure in this savoury dish with rooster, beef, or goat.

Why is jollof rice being celebrated right this moment and what are its origins?

On this present day annually, rice farmers plant and reap a beneficiant harvest, and cooks throughout West Africa put together to make recent jollof. Often known as benachin and thieboudienne, jollof rice is a one-pot meal that originated from the Wolof tribe within the 14th century. The Wolof Empire, ruling elements of modern-day Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania, popularised jollof all through West Africa.

For the doodle, Nigerian content material creator and visible artist Haneefah Adam created a stop-motion animation video exhibiting the preparation of jollof rice. She shares her ideas behind the making of the doodle with Google on this Q+A:

Q. What had been your first ideas if you had been approached about engaged on this Doodle?

A: I used to be very excited. It was a giant deal and an exquisite alternative to have my work on the Google homepage!

Q. Are you able to inform us somewhat bit concerning the course of of making a stop-motion animation? Is it difficult working with meals?

A: Creating stop-motion animation with meals is difficult since you wish to seize meals in its finest kind and, more often than not, the shape modifications.

For instance, when meals dries up, the color modifications (this implies, you’d need to work very quick!). Additionally, the lighting needs to be proper and constant all through the shoot.

I first drew a sketch to plan how the ultimate kind ought to look after which proceeded to roughly animate (simply to see how it might end up earlier than beginning the actual shoot).

Cease-motion requires intricacy and is labour-intensive however it’s actually distinctive and interesting.

Q. Is there a message you hope individuals take away from the Doodle?

A: It is a celebration of tradition — not simply my tradition, however of everybody who recognises meals as a conduit. The range of how we strategy meals is basically fascinating — like how the preparation of jollof is totally different in Nigeria vs Senegal (they even have totally different names).

This simply goes to indicate the richness and great thing about our collective tradition as a continent.

Q. Some other ideas you’d prefer to share?

A: Creativity is bottomless. One of many nice issues concerning the human race is how a lot we will create and refresh from a finite variety of assets.

Jollof is meals however, on the similar time, is artwork. Take into consideration the precision of the combos required to make good jollof. After which take into consideration how piece of artwork comes collectively.

It’s been a privilege to shine a light-weight on this facet of my tradition with meals and I hope to have the ability to proceed to share lovely tales out of Nigeria.

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