32nd Ikorodu – Oga Day: Musediq Alogba College, Isiu Grammar School Win Food, Debate Competitions

Kunle Adelabu

BINT Musoduq Alogba School receiving prize from the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, HRM Oba Kabir Shotobi as the winner of 2023 Ikorodu – Oga Day Food Competition among schools

BINT Musediq Alogba College, Alogba Estate, Ipakodo, and Isiu Senior Grammar School, Isiu, on Tuesday, emerged winners of the 32nd edition of the Ikorodu – Oga Carnival Food and Debate Competitions.

About 15 schools participated in the food competition while 10 schools took part in the debate organized by the Ikorodu – Oga Development Association (IKODASS), as part of the educational activities of the annual celebration. The exciting twin-event was held at the Ikorodu Town Hall, Ikorodu.

The winner of the food competition witnessed by the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, HRM Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi and his amiable wife, Olori Abosede Kudirat Shotobi, prepared ‘Asaro’ (Yam porridge).

Also in the food competition, Shamsideen Grammar School, Ikorodu, came second preparing ‘Ebiripo’, another local food common among the Ijebus, while Nurul Islam School, Eyita, Ikorodu, and Edfan College, also in Eyita, emerged joint third position. They prepared ‘Apon’ and ‘Eba’ respectively.

Asiwaju Rotimi Erogbogbo, Chairman IKODASS with the three best schools in the 2023 Cooking Competition: BINT Musoduq Alogba School, winner, Shamsideen Grammar School, first runner ,- up and Nurul Islam and EDFAN School who are joint winners.

Various local foods and drinks like Sagidi, Ifoko, Egbo, Ebiripo, afon, Igbekere, Akara Oka and Oti Agadagida (local drink) by professional cooks, were on display, and were served to interested guests. The Uhrobo community in Ikorodu, that also joined in the celebration, displayed Owafigbo and starch/eba.

Meanwhile, Asiwaju Rotimi Erogbogbo, Chairman, IKODASS, speaking at the event, said that the local food competition, cultural performance and debate are designed to inculcate the local diet/cuisine in the young ones as a way of preserving them for the future.

He thanked the participating schools, saying that they are all winners.

Erogbogbo assured the Ayangbure and guests at the event that IKODASS will continue to promote the cultural heritage and values of Ikorodu.

Oba Shotobi, after witnessing the food and debate competitions among schools and the display of Ikorodu/Ijebu local diets inside the Arch. Olutusen Onafowokan Hall, Ikorodu Town Hall, embarked on tour of the IKODASS market expo also holding within the town hall premises.

During the tour, the Ikorodu monarch purchased some food items, and offered prayers for the traders/exhibitors.

Isiu Grammar School, winner of the 2023 Ikorodu – Oga Day Debate (right), Agbede Junior High School, first runner – up) (middle) and Topview College, second runner – up (left) at the event
Oba Shotobi touring the traditional market at the IKODASS Expo
Local food being served at the event
Students of. Oriwu College performing
Ayangbure entertaining Oba Shotobi and other guests
Urhobo community in Ikorodu with their local food at the event.
Some of the schools that competed during the food competition.
Local food in Ikorodu on display at the event

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