BrandArena: Star Prize Winner Emerges in Onga Cooking Competition

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Star Prize Winner Emerges in Onga Cooking Competition

Onga seasoning powder, a brand of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, has produced a star prize winner in the grand finals of its National Campus Cooking Competition held at the University of Lagos, recently.

Ossai Josephine, a female student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, clinched the star prize of a brand new Kia Rio car, after a tense cooking competition involving 14 contestants from across 14 tertiary institutions nationwide.

The competition which took off about four months ago cut across 14 national higher institutions with one winner emerging from each to participate in the grand finals of the competition.

Other winners who won second, third and fourth positions respectively were Idiaro Kikelomo Baliqis, a 200 level Law student of Bayero University Kano; Emma Edwin, a student of Nursing Science from University of Calabar and Nkechi Chioma, a 500 level Law student of the host school, University of Lagos.

While fielding questions from journalists, Josephine, the star prize winner, expressed gratitude to Promasidor for creating programmes that assist youth to develop their culinary skills through the use of Onga seasoning powder, adding that, the competition has afforded her the privilege of meeting other people from other tribes and learning how to cook their cuisines.

In her words, “A big thank you to Onga, and thanks to my fellow contestants. With this, I know that many students will go for Onga because Onga is trying to let us know that apart from the normal food we cook, Onga can be used to cook big soup because what I prepared was a very big soup and I used Onga soup flavor. I have met with friends, fourteen of us, we stayed in the same hotel, we mingled and for the first time I am in the University of Lagos and am so happy, it’s just a good thing.

“This is not the end; other people should keep trying to win. “I got to know I could cook well since I was a kid. In fact, my Mum said when I was in the womb I started cooking,” she enthused.

While explaining why students were the target of the competition, the Manager, Brands Group, Food Enhancement and Beverages, Mrs. Abiola Inawo noted that the students are the future mothers, and the campus
is one of the places where you can meet a group of students. However, we hold competition among different groups of women too.
L-R: Head Legal & Public Relations, Promasidor, Andrew Enahoro, Manager Food Enhancement & Beverages, Abiola Inawo and General Manager Marketing, Kachi Onubogu and the Onga Brand Ambassador and Nollywood star, Kate Henshaw-Nuttall at a press briefing held in Lagos to flag off the Onga National Campus Cooking Competition organised by Promasidor Nigeria Limited, recently

Remarking on the outlook of the event, the Assistant Brand Manager, Onga, Miss Taye Adewumi said the turnout was impressive and encouraging, adding that, a lot of awareness has been created for the brand, and that the brand is targeted at both young and the old.

A member of the jury, Mr. Oluwasina Afolabi, who is also the Quality Control Manager with, Mama Cass restaurant, while commenting on the criteria for choosing the winners, stated that, the rating was on quality of their meals, kitchen hygiene, presentation of raw materials, the processes, organisations, timeliness, taste and manner of presentation.

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