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Buhari hails Hilda Baci as chef battles to make new marathon cooking record



President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he shares the joy of celebrations as 27-year-old gourmet chef, Hilda Bassey Effiong, aka Hilda Baci, makes history by breaking the world record of longest hours of cooking and entering into the Guinness Book of Records.

The president expressed his joy in  a statement titled ‘President Buhari hails Hilda Baci for placing Nigeria on the global map, which was signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Monday.

The statement read, “President Buhari lauds the young culinary expert for turning her talent and passion into a career, with a rippling effect on the economy as she runs a restaurant in Lagos, trains other talents on entrepreneurship, and now leads the world in resilience, perseverance, and consistency in cooking”.

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Bassey started the competition on Thursday after she turned on her cooker at 4 pm and surpassed the current world record holder on Monday morning.

The Nigerian chef if certified by the Guinness World Record, will be displacing the current world record holder, Lata Tondon, an Indian chef who achieved a similar feat in 2019 logging 87 hours 45 minutes record uninterrupted cooking.

Baci’s cooking marathon is currently ongoing at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos State.

President Buhari stated that the antecedents of the restaurateur, who dazzled at the Jollof Face-off Competition, in 2021, preparing mouth-watering dishes that won the choice prize, and settled an age-long rivalry with Ghana on which African country should own the trademark for cooking better jollof- rice.

Buhari also believes that Baci’s drive and ambition have brought more interest and insight into the uniqueness of Nigerian food, as another cultural icon, with huge tourism benefits, hoping more young people will follow in her footsteps.

The president then hailed the sponsors of the Hilda Baci Cook-a-thon, government officials, including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, celebrities from the bubbling music and movie industry, and fans of the chef for all the support that has brought glory to the country.

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