By Uchenna Ezeadigwe
Participants at the 2019 edition of Onitsha Ofala festival were treated to a thrilling cooking competition organised by makers of the controversial Aji-no-moto seasoning added
The director of communications, West African Seasoning, makers of Aji-no-moto, Mrs Ikedia Francesca told Orient Daily that the firm hosted the cooking competition on the side line of the Ofala festival to remind people of the value its products add to good food. “The cooking competition was part of effort to dispel the doubts people had about Aji-no-moto seasoning “.
The competition saw representatives of the nine villages that make up Onitsha kingdom battle among themselves, each with tasty meals of their choice cooked with Aji-no-moto seasoning.
The winner of the competition, Emengini Mmelie, a native of Ogbeabo village whose meal Ogbono soup with nri oka (corn meal) won the competition expressed glee at the experiences that enabled her win.
“I cooked ogbono soup with assorted meat, fresh fish and stock fish. It was a great deal and I am happy with the opportunity.”
The winner went home with a big set of pots as prize while the first and second runners-up got other consolation prizes of cooking utensils.
Each year, the traditional ruler of Onitsha kingdom, Igwe Alfred Achebe makes a ceremonial outing which is preceded by several rituals including 4-day retreat, consulting the diviners, slaughtering a lamb to invoke peace and blessings on Onitsha kingdom and all its inhabitants.