Hilda Baci_ Cooking Her Means To Historical past, Fame – rokodromo

Hilda Baci_ Cooking Her Means To Historical past, Fame

Last Monday, the Nigerian social media scene was alive with excitement. The enticing aroma of a culinary marathon couldn’t extend beyond a kitchen in Lekki, Lagos, but the world was enthralled as Nigerian chef Hilda Bassey Effiong, popularly known as Hilda Baci, made history.

Baci, who previously claimed victory in the 2021 Jollof Rice competition against her Ghanaian rival, was now aiming for a global milestone. She sought to break the World Record for the longest cooking marathon, a title held since 2019 by London-based Indian chef Lata Tondon, who clocked in at 87 hours, 45 minutes. By the end of Monday, Baci had achieved an extraordinary 100 hours of nonstop cooking.

Her marathon began the previous Thursday and continued through to Monday evening. Despite the Guinness World Records organization still verifying her attempt, Nigerians were confident that she had brought positive recognition to their country. From President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and from presidential candidates to everyday citizens and the corporate sector, the nation celebrated this feat, marked by Baci’s perseverance and determination.

Regardless of official confirmation, Baci was a record-breaker in the eyes of Nigerians. The country celebrated her success even before it was confirmed. Dana Airline, a leading Nigerian airline, pledged a year of free tickets for Baci, announced on their Twitter handle @DanaAir. Ememobong Ettete, Dana Airline’s Chief Operating Officer, praised Baci’s creativity and effort, announcing support for her and her mother with complimentary flights. “We have always been trailblazers in supporting arts, entertainment, healthcare, and culture. We will support Hilda’s local travels for one year and her mom with three months of free local flights. We are inspired by her achievement,” read the announcement.

Twenty-seven-year-old Hilda Baci started her cooking marathon on Thursday, May 11, aiming to surpass Tondon’s record. Starting her career in 2020 with her brand @Myfoodbyhilda, Baci embarked on breaking the Guinness World Record at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos. By May 14, she had prepared over 250 recipes during her live-streamed event, setting a new benchmark with 100 hours of continuous cooking.

President Buhari shared in the celebration of Baci’s achievement. His spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, highlighted Baci’s impressive journey, including her triumph in the 2021 Jollof Face-off Competition. He commended her for settling the longstanding rivalry with Ghana over the best Jollof rice and noted that her determination has brought greater attention to Nigerian cuisine, serving as a cultural icon with tourism benefits. The President expressed hopes that more young people would be inspired by her success. He also thanked the sponsors, government officials, including Governor Sanwo-Olu, celebrities, and fans for their support.

Governor Sanwo-Olu lauded Baci’s accomplishment as a testament to the Nigerian spirit. He described her as an incredible inspiration who embodies the nation’s values. “Hilda’s resilient spirit, evident in Lagos, is also reflective of the Akwa Ibom spirit. Congratulations to Chef Hilda Baci on breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon. Visiting her and tasting her amazing dishes was a privilege. Her flavor, passion, and dedication are unmatched. Hilda, you have made Lagos proud, and your achievement exemplifies the Nigerian spirit. Keep cooking up greatness!” said the governor.

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