It was a carnival like atmosphere at the Muri Okunola Park on Sunday October 13, as celebrities including Sir Shina Peter, Debola Lagos, Segun Arinze Tee-A, Denrele, Yaw and others showed-up to celebrate first ever Ofada Rice Day Festival in Lagos.
The event which was lined-up as part of the activities in celebration of world food day was the initiative of Nigerian’s leading indigenous restaurant and outdoor catering company, Ofada Boy in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture and sponsored by top brands including Malta Guinness, Origin, Maggi, Abinibi Cottage Event, Nescafe and others.
Hosted by Gbenga Adeyinka and Prince Hyenana, guests were treated to an ever green performances from Sir Shina Peters, Jimi Solanke, Squad 1 Productions, Awesome Band, Ed Izycs. Ambassador Karo, Ono Bello, Lara Rawa, Destiny Amaka, and a host of other celebrities were on ground to add colour to the presentation of the beauty of our cultural heritage.
Activities at the whole day event owned to its billing as various recipes of ofada rice and other tasteful meal were displayed and tasted by elated guests with traditional touch from Gbadun, Sanje, Apoti, Stainless and notable other drink and food vendors.
Some of the guest went home with various gift items like a free Dubai ticket for a farmers and one winner from the online ofada rice challenge, plus one hectare of land by Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, TV set, pressing iron and blenders.
Speaking at the event, Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Ms Abisola Olusanya, noted that food security and availability is one of the pivotal plan of the present administration as activities around food promotion, farmer care is very keen to the government.
She added that, Ofada Rice Day, represent one of the activities that will not only promote a healthy meal but call the attention of Lagosian and Nigerians at large to the importance of appreciating our brand of rice.
Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, applauded the Ofada Boy and his team for coming up with such a laudable idea to support government in taking ofada rice to the global attention.