Staff, 2022-11-04 18:16:10,
It’s always a treat to see Google update their homepage that has served as the Internet’s premiere search engine for 24 years. From holidays to historical figures, the update is sure to educate audiences. But when the Google Doodle nods to Blackness, it is particularly special.
On Nov. 4, the Google Doodle is dedicated to jollof rice, one of the most iconic foods of West Africa.
Jollof is an alternate spelling of “Wolof”—named from its origins in the Wolof Empire—which encompassed parts of what is now known as Gambia, Mauritania, and Senegal.
The dish is a mixture of long-grained rice with simmered tomatoes, onions, peppers and regional spices. Often served with fish, as an evening meal, although it can also be enjoyed at other times of the day, but with fish substituted by chicken, beef or goat.
Each nation has its own variant of the one-pot dish. And each country swears their version is superior. Seriously, have you ever heard a Ghanaian describe Nigerian jollof? The rivalry between the two fuels the Jollof Wars.
Google might have picked a side when they tapped Haneefah Adam to create the stop-motion animation, which shows the simple preparation that goes into creating the dish. Adam, 31, is a Nigerian visual artist who is known for centering food in her art and designs.
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