Google celebrates Nigerian food culture

Google is celebrating Nigerian food culture with the world through its project ‘Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria.’

The project was launched in collaboration with the Centenary Project at the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), Lagos.

The Centenary Project had since its inception in 2014 focused on digitally capturing and showcasing the cultural and historical expressions of the Nigerian nation.

Google Spokesman for West Africa, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, said Nigeria demonstrated a unique ability to combine culinary innovation with cultural knowledge through food.

“If you live in Nigeria or visit Nigeria regularly, then you will understand that Nigerians do not mess around when it comes to food.

“Regardless of where you’re from, you will have a favourite dish that drives an eagerness to find and taste more.

“In recognition of this, Google Arts and Culture has paid tribute to Nigeria’s vibrant and diverse food culture with the “Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria’’ project,” Kola-Ogunlade said.

He said that the project was a way to inform and educate the world about the wealth of creativity and human resources the country had.

“A Taste of Nigeria” boasts 2,000 high-resolution images and 30 stories that represent iconic local dishes and unforgettable flavours for which Nigeria is known.

“A few of the local cuisine recipes showcased on the Taste of Nigeria site include Jollof Rice which is must in order to be truly Nigerian.

Another Nigerian meal that is undeniably sought after across all geographical regions is made from raw groundnuts and rice, Kunun Gyada. It is a light porridge that can be enjoyed alone or accompanied with kosai (bean cake), masa (rice cake) or fried meat,” he said.

According to him, visitors would be hard pressed to find a reason to shut their browsers once they start exploring Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria.