Google Doodle celebrates West African Jollof rice

Thiep, Riz au gras, or Jollof Rice are all names that have been given to the same dish across West Africa. Google, the American technology giant, has decided to celebrate it through its Google Doodle service. The dish has been around for centuries and has spawned a friendly rivalry between neighboring nations known as the “Jollof Wars”.

The dish’s name and origins date back to the 14th century, when the Jollof Empire ruled parts of today’s Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania. It is also known as benachin in Gambia and Senegal.

Each nation has its own variation of the dish, with each country vying to be known as the home of the best jollof in a friendly inter-nation rivalry known as the Jollof Wars. The competition is particularly tense and torrid between Nigerians and Ghanaians, who have distinct cooking styles, creating a cultural phenomenon that has spawned many viral clips, songs and recipes.

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