Google Nigeria is celebrating an exquisite array of the country’s cuisine through its recently launched project ‘Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria’.
The project, which sees indigenous Nigerian cuisines showcased digitally on an online platform of the same name, was launched on Tuesday in collaboration with the centenary project at the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), Lagos.
It boasts 2,000 high-resolution images and 30 stories that represent iconic local dishes and unforgettable flavours for which the country is known.
In a statement issued by Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google spokesman for west Africa, the search engine giant said the ‘A Taste of Nigeria’ would open doors to foodies and lovers of culture from across the globe to help people of other climes experience Nigerian cooking for themselves.
“If you live in Nigeria, or visit Nigeria regularly, then you will understand that Nigerians do not mess around when it comes to food. Regardless of where you’re from, you will have a favourite dish that drives an eagerness to find and taste more,” the statement read.
“In recognition of this, Google Arts & Culture has paid tribute to Nigeria’s vibrant and diverse food culture with the “Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria” project, which was launched recently in collaboration with the centenary project at the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU).
“The Centenary Project has, since its inception in 2014 (a year marking 100 years of Nigeria’s existence), focussed on digitally capturing and showcasing the cultural and historical expressions of the Nigerian nation as a way to inform and educate the world about the wealth of creative and human resources the country has.
“Whether your choice is to order delicious street food, referred to as pot cooking, visiting one of the many markets boasting local produce of the highest order, or simply visiting a local home for an authentic dinner, (naturally eaten by hand (yes, even the soup!), the options open to foodies are many.”
Among the cuisine recipes showcased on the platform are indigenous delicacies like jollof rice, kunun gyada, a porridge made from raw groundnut and rice; starch and banga soup; and quick snacks like suya, grilled and peppered meat; and akara.