...By Babatunde Lucas for TDPel Media.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his joy and congratulations as 27-year-old gourmet chef, Hilda Bassey Effiong, known as Hilda Baci, makes history by breaking the world record for the longest hours of cooking.
This remarkable feat has placed Nigeria in the global spotlight and earned Hilda a spot in the Guinness Book of Records.
Hilda Baci’s Culinary Journey:
President Buhari, through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, commended Hilda Baci for transforming her talent and passion for cooking into a successful career.
He acknowledged the positive impact she has made on the economy through her restaurant in Lagos, where she also trains other aspiring entrepreneurs.
Buhari praised her resilience, perseverance, and consistency in the culinary field.
Recognition for Jollof Face-off Competition:
The President highlighted Hilda Baci’s previous achievements, particularly her impressive performance at the Jollof Face-off Competition in 2021.
Her mouth-watering dishes won the coveted prize and settled the age-old rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana regarding who cooks the better jollof rice.
Buhari recognized the cultural significance of her talent, which has contributed to showcasing the uniqueness of Nigerian food.
Inspiration for Young People:
President Buhari expressed his hope that Hilda Baci’s accomplishments would inspire more young Nigerians to pursue their passions and careers in the culinary arts.
He emphasized the potential tourism benefits that come with promoting Nigerian cuisine as a cultural icon.
The President extended his gratitude to the sponsors of the Hilda Baci Cook-a-thon, government officials, celebrities from the music and movie industry, and the chef’s fans for their support, which has brought honor to the country.
Well-Wishes for Hilda Baci:
President Buhari concluded the statement by extending his best wishes to Hilda Baci for a prosperous career ahead, acknowledging her as a symbol of culinary excellence and Nigerian cultural pride.
President Buhari’s recognition and commendation of her accomplishments signify the importance of supporting and nurturing young talents in various fields.
Moreover, Hilda Baci’s success serves as an inspiration for aspiring chefs and entrepreneurs in Nigeria, encouraging them to pursue their passions and contribute to the country’s cultural and economic growth.
The government’s acknowledgment of her achievements and the hope for more young people to follow in her footsteps demonstrates the value placed on creativity, innovation, and promoting Nigeria’s rich culinary heritage.