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Why We Started The Jungle House – Salimat Alhassan

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Salimat Iluobe Alhassan is a trained chef with passion for the job. The London-trained chef started “The Jungle House” to prepare assorted meals for people from all walks of life.

In this interview she granted us, the passionate chef speaks on what motivates her as a chef and why “The Jungle House” will set the pace for the culinary industry in Nigeria.

Can we meet you?
My Name is Salimat Iluobe Alhassan. A Bsc holder from the University of Aston, Birmingham United Kingdom. I am the Co-founder and Executive Chef of “The Jungle House.” I am an indigene of Edo State and I have four siblings.

When and why did you decide to become a Chef?
Cooking has always been something I did for fun, I never really pictured myself taking this career path until I started a little catering business in my final year in the university. The business grew and the reviews were very positive so I began to discover further my deep love for culinary techniques and the science behind cooking. What started as a little university project has turned out to be a burning passion of mine to bring about a healthier country through food.

How did your family receive the news when you told them you wanted to become a chef, considering the fact that most parents want their children to be lawyers, doctors etc?
As we all know unconventional career paths could be a bit confusing. At first, when I told my parents I wanted to be a Chef, it met a bit of uncertainty on their part.
However, I was able to prove to them how financially rewarding it is and how passionate I was about it. Once they saw that they began to support me instantly. I am so grateful to have their support as I can always rely on them for counsel

Did you go to culinary school? If yes, which one — Or how did you learn the job?
I have always loved reading recipes and recreating them in my own way, this allowed me learn a lot of techniques on my own. I am an alumni of Red Dish Culinary Chronicles, where I sought to improve on my techniques.

What did you like best about your time in culinary school?
You get to try different kinds of meals from different aspiring chefs.

Why “The Jungle House?” Tell us about it, do you train aspiring chefs?
We came about the name “The Jungle House” through my desire to highlight my diversity. I thought to myself what best describe my diversity in cooking?” Then I thought of “The Jungle.”

“The Jungle” has different types of animals and trees and it is very diverse.
“The Jungle House” is a food development company with diverse interest in food content production, catering and food educational resources.

“The Jungle House” also owns the baguette sandwich brand 12 inch baguette.

What type of events do you cater for?
“The Jungle House” caters for an array of clients. Our menu is innovative and dynamic. Also, through our sandwich company we aim to serve a more diverse range of clients from kids to workers etc. Just give us a call and we are more than happy to assist you in setting up a memorable event.

How is the reception to chefs like in Nigeria?
Nigerian culture is developing our music, cloths and food are becoming mainstream and this has brought about a positive reaction to how chefs are perceived in Nigeria. The profession is getting a much desired attention.

Is there a chef you admire most and why?
I don’t have a Chef I admire. Maybe Jamie Oliver because of his love for exploring different cuisines. But I believe in staying true to myself. It is very easy to admire someone and want to be like him or her and copy everything he or she does. This can mislead you from your own unique potential because every chef is unique in his or her own way.

What is your signature cuisine?
Can’t stick to one, it is always changes.

So, you have a guest, she’s an American she has never been to Africa before, what are you whipping up for your guest?
Jollof rice and fried plantain.

Tell me about your most memorable outing as a Chef. (Any big name(s) you’ve made food for?
My first corporate gig was for Access Bank I was tasked to present a range of canapés. I recall staying up all night thinking of how best to please my client. With more practise these days, I stay awake, but not all night.

Tell me about your most embarrassing cooking moment.
Where I realised I didn’t know how to wrap a shawarma and I had to wrap about 100 shawarmas for students.

Would you spend more time cooking a food or bothering about how pleasing it is aesthetically ?
Both. People do eat with their eyes first. But I will also make sure the food is cooked to perfection no matter how long it takes.

When is your happiest moment at work?
When I’m creating new recipes

Where is your happy place?
My kitchen on the beach.

Where do you see Chef Sally and The Jungle House in the coming years?
I envision “The Jungle House as a company which will be at the forefront of the culinary industry in Nigeria and also the first full fledged food network in the country.

A message to young aspiring chefs?
Just be yourself. No one else can be you.

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS

What do you always avoid ordering on a menu?
Salad

What is your go to meal, when you’re low on time?
Fried yam

What would your last meal be, if you could decide?
Fried yam

What is the most overrated recent food trend?
Cooking classes

What is a simple good piece of advice for pairing wine and food?
Eat red meat with red wine

Favourite restaurant in Nigeria and outside?
Nigeria – Thai Thai
Outside – Pepe piri piri

Which country in the world has the best food?
Nigeria

Easiest meal to impress someone?
Salmon, beetroot and apple tartare

Favourite Nigerian meal?
Fried yam

Your favourite wine?
I don’t drink

5 cooking ingredients you can’t do without?
Salt, black pepper, onion, garlic and paprika

Do you scream in the kitchen?
No

How do you get your revenge on unappreciative and annoying customers?
Customer is King.

Favourite ingredient to work with?
Black pepper

If you weren’t cooking what would you be doing for a living?
Food Video contents

What are you most excited about right now?
Getting an Electric food truck for my 12 inch baguette sandwich service.

Do you have any pet peeves?
When a teammate disappoints and affects the overall performance of the team  

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Rivers, Imo Teachers Shine As Promasidor Marks World Teachers Day With Special Cowbellpedia Teacher’s Mathematics TV Quiz Show

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It was a reversal of roles for teachers last weekend as Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of “Cowbell, Our Milk”, marked the 2019 World Teachers Day with special (Teacher’s edition) of Cowbellpedia Mathematics Quiz Show to celebrate the teachers.

The twelve teachers, who produced the finalists in the Junior and Senior categories of the 2018 edition of the competition, contested for honours and prizes.

In the Junior category, Mr Paul Fase of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, outclassed others with 105 points, to win the star prize. Fase was the teacher of Favour Okarike who emerged as second runner-up in 2018 finals.

On the heels of Fase was Kayode Adebayo, a teacher from The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State who garnered 95 points to emerge as first runner-up, while Godwin Udom, his counterpart from the same school, scored 75 point to become the second runner-up.

Adebayo’s student, Master Akinleye Akinfoluhan was the junior category champion in the 2018 edition while Udom’s pupil, Loluwa Abiodun was a finalist.

Other teachers who also participated in the contest but fell by the way side include Beckley Daniel of Welkin International School, Ota, Ogun State; Hamzat Dankanawa a teacher from  Nigerian Tulip International College (Boys) Abuja and David Akuru from Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Fase with a five years’ experience in the teaching profession, expressed gratitude to God for winning, maintaining that he now appreciates what the students are going through. “It is very easy to blame the students for lack of speed and for errors, but I now know it is not that easy,” he admitted.

In the Senior category, Ebock Inah-Ngulu, a teacher from Federal Government College, Owerri, Imo State, got the crown with 75 points. His student, Jessica Austine, was a finalist last year.

Christopher Olasupo of Graceland International College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Anfani Egbeyemi of The Ambassador College, Ota, Ogun State came second and third respectively. Olasupo’s student, Chinedu Mgbemena was the 2018 senior category champion, while Egbeyemi taught Enoch Adenekan, a 2018 finalist.

The trio successfully shrugged off the challenge from Oladipo Olatunde of The Ambassador College; Olalekan Olowe from Reality High School, Ilesha, Osun State and Samson Otunubi, a teacher from Federal Government Academy, Suleja, Niger State.

All the teachers commended Promasidor for the initiative which they described as a big morale booster for teachers across the country, adding that teaching requires passion, but teaching Mathematics demands a ‘special anointing’ because of the nature of the subject and the misconception by students and parents.

The students will come back to ‘battle’ this weekend as the semi-finals of the Cowbellpedia Quiz Show continues with 36 students jostling for 12 final slots. The airing also continues on DSTV Africa Magic Family Channel, AIT Network and other six television stations across the country.

Aside the N2 million grand prize, Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson disclosed that the winner in each category, (Junior and Senior) will enjoy an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country at the end of the initiative.

In addition, the first and second runners-up in each category will receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively, while the teachers of the top prize winners will be awarded N500, 000. Those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.

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FirstBank Georgian Cup Hits The Centenary Mark, A Possible World Record In Sports Sponsorship

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In furtherance of its commitment to the growth and development of sports, nation building and the economy at large, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its sponsorship of the Georgian Cup of the Kaduna Polo Tournament for the 100th consecutive year, possibly the longest running sports sponsorship in the world and a Guinness Book of Records potential. The 2019 edition of the epoch making sports championship runs from October 12 – 20, 2019 at the Kaduna Polo Club, Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna.

The Kaduna Georgian Cup Centenary Polo Tournament commenced in 1919, with FirstBank sponsoring the sports tournament for a 100 years. The Cup which was donated by the Bank to the Kaduna Polo Club, is the oldest and most respected Polo trophy in West Africa. 

The 2018 edition of the tournament was won by team El-Amin, also billed to participate in the 2019 edition to defend its trophy, contested by other teams; Rubicon, Imani, Malcomines, Lintex Agad. A total of 45 teams are billed for the 2019 tournament. 

Speaking on FirstBank’s unwavering centenary sponsorship of the Tournament, the President, Kaduna Polo Club, Alhaji Suleman Abubakar said “the Georgian Cup Polo Tournament is indeed the Premier Polo Tournament in the country and it has proudly birthed many other sporting events across the country as well as the West African sub region as a whole. We are honoured to record such a milestone with FirstBank since the inception of the tournament 100 years ago. 

“Indeed, FirstBank remains a noble brand close to our heart at the Kaduna Polo Club and the tournament has indeed been a catalyst of socio-economic growth of Kaduna and the nation as a whole” he concluded.

FirstBank’s sponsorship of the Georgian cup is perhaps the longest standing sports sponsorship in the world, a reflection of a long-lasting partnership that aligns with heritage, shared values, elite performance and quality, all attributes worthy of celebration. This record sponsorship has been filed by the Kaduna Polo Club for consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records under the longest main sponsorship of a sporting world championship title.

Expressing the Bank’s delight on the sponsorship, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Folake Ani-Mumuney said “2019 is indeed an eventful year for us and one of the many high-points since we were founded 125 years ago. Part of our excitement stems from the pride we feel at having supported the Georgian Cup Polo Tournament for 100 years consistently. We are indeed proud to achieve this feat as it reinforces our leadership role as an institution committed to the continued growth and development of sports and the economy at large. The Georgian Cup Polo Tournament is one of the many heritage sporting sponsorships supported by FirstBank over the years. Another example is the FirstBank 58th Lagos Amateur Golf Open tournament, in partnership with Ikoyi Club 1938 holding in November this year which we have also supported for 57 years. We dare say perhaps another record in sports sponsorship”

This unprecedented Polo extravaganza boasts notable players such as Chris Mckenzie, the best South African polo player; Max Charlton, the Best British polo player as well as other top Argentine players in attendance amongst many other professionals.

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N1.1million ‘Jesus Shoes’ with holy water soles and mini crucifix go viral

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A pair of trainers dubbed ‘Jesus Shoes‘ — with holy-water injected soles coupled with a mini crucifix and drop of blood on the tongue to match — have begun to go viral.

The now-trending godly sneakers, which were created by MSCHF (Mischief), a Brooklyn-based creatives, sold out within minutes of being released online on Tuesday, October 8.

The MSCHF rebranded a pair of Nike Air Max 97 sneakers to implement the idea of walking on water with ‘Jesus Shoes’.

Nike was, however, not connected to the project in any way.

The ‘Jesus Shoes’, which are selling for as much as £3,000 (approximately N1.1million), contain holy water from the Jordan river in the bubbled soles, a steel crucifix on top of the laces of the right trainer and a red blob at the tip of each trainer tongue to signify the blood of Christ.

Each pair contains 60 cubic centimeters of liquid.

On the Stockx sneaker trading website the shoes are priced at $3,000-$4,300 a pair.

In addition to the holy water, which was blessed by a priest, there is also the biblical verse ‘Matthew 14:25’ — which accounts the act of Jesus walking on water — referenced on the side of the shoes.

The bottoms of the shoes are also dyed a reddish tint to mimic the shoes worn by popes long ago.

“We thought of that Arizona Iced Tea and Adidas collab, where they were selling shoes that [advertised] a beverage company that sells iced tea at bodegas,” Daniel Greenberg, the company’s head of commerce, told the New York Post.

“So we wanted to make a statement about how absurd collab culture has gotten. We were wondering, what would a collab with Jesus Christ look like?. As a Jew myself, the only thing I knew was that he walked on water.”

The company also disclosed that more of the sneakers will be available from October 22.

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