Representatives of Kasoa Zongo won the annual Salah cooking competition organized by Ghana’s leading radio station, Happy98.9FM with it's partners.
This year's competition was sponsored by Tasty Tom and Wilmar Africa Ltd., producers of Frytol and Fortune rice, and had 10 Zongo communities battle it out in the kitchen for the coveted title as the best cook in all the Zongos in Accra.
Happy FM’s Salah Food Fest cooking competition which took place on the 24th of July, 2021 at the Fadama Taxi station opposite the residence of the National Chief Imam, His Eminence Sheik Nuhu Sharabutu saw Kasoa Zongo unseating the reigning champions Fadama Zongo.
Three women were selected from each of these communities: Nima Zongo, Kaneshie Zongo, Kasoa Zongo, Nyamekye Zongo, Night market Zongo, Abeka Baribari Zongo, Fadama Zongo, Niiboi town Zongo, Shukura Zongo, and Darkuman Zongo to represent in the cooking competition. Also present were the Secret Billions Family.
The event saw a host of residents, family members as well as fans of the radio station, and respectable members from the National Chief Imam’s residence present to support the various communities in the competition.
There were other activities like dancing competitions, trivia among others with participants winning a lot of prizes from sponsors.
The champions, Kasoa Zongo won with their mouth-watering waakye and shinkafa with Fadama Zongo and Darkuman Zongo following up closely with their sumptuous jollof and chicken stew with salad, and lagba with ayoyo stew meals respectively.
Categories for scoring the competitors were taste, timeliness, and neatness, and thanks to the generosity of Happy FM and its sponsors, all competitors from the ten participating communities went home with certificate of participation and amazing prizes including packs of Frytol seasoning cubes, boxes of Frytol oil, bags of Fortune rice and boxes/strips of the enriched Tasty Tom tomato mix.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Media Alliance, Mr. Ernest Boateng, in his closing remarks said: “On behalf of Happy FM, I would like to thank the Chief Imam and all the elders of Fadama for allowing us to host this event here today. This is an event that we would like to do every year so next year, God-willing, we’re bringing it back bigger and better. It’s a competition so there’ll definitely be a winner and a loser but I’d like to congratulate all the participants for preparing these amazing dishes. You’re all winners."
Priscilla Aprepary, representing Wilmar, producers of Fortune rice and Frytol, also said, “Today has definitely been a day well spent. The aroma in Fadama today is really inviting and of course, you can only get that when you’re using Fortune rice and Frytol oil and seasoning cubes for your cooking. We’d like to thank Happy FM for bringing us on board, the Chief Imam and elders of Fadama for hosting us, the contestants, and everyone present here today for helping us make this event a success. We would be glad to do this with you all every year”.
Speaking as a representative of Tasty Tom, Loretta Aryee Marketing Assistant, convinced the people of Fadama on why they need to make Tasty Tom their premier choice of tomato paste. “Tasty Tom is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K, which we all know are essential nutrients for the body.
Tasty Tom is your sure and most affordable way of improving nutrition for your family so when you hit the market, don’t forget it has to be Tasty Tom”. She also thanked the Chief Imam, Happy FM, the cooking competitors and the citizens of Fadama and all other ten Zongo communities who made it a point to come support their various teams and in turn, make the event successful.
Happy FM and its partners Tasty Tom and Wilmar Africa, as part of the activities donated several boxes, and packs of consumables to the National Chief Imam.
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