President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Hilda Bassey Effiong, also known as Hilda Baci, for breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest hours of cooking.
Bellnewsonline.com reports that in a statement released by the presidency, Buhari expressed his joy and pride at Hilda’s Baci achievement, which has put Nigeria in the global spotlight.
Baci, a 27-year-old gourmet chef who runs a restaurant in Lagos and trains other aspiring chefs, set the new world record with her cooking marathon. The president praised her for her resilience, perseverance, and consistency in pursuing her passion and turning it into a successful career.
President Buhari also highlighted Baci’s previous success in the Jollof Face-off Competition earlier this year.
The president recalled how her mouth-watering dishes won the top prize and settled the long-standing rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana over who makes the best jollof rice.
Part of the statement reads: “President Buhari believes Hilda’s Baci drive and ambition have brought more interest and insight into the uniqueness of Nigerian food, as another cultural icon, with huge tourism benefits, hoping more young people will follow in her footsteps.
“The President thanks the sponsors of Hilda Baci Cook-a-thon, government officials, including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, celebrities from the bubbling music and movie industry, and fans of the chef for all the support that has brought glory to the country.
“President Buhari wishes Hilda Baci more grace for a prosperous career.”