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.
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.