• Mustapha Adewusi

Updated: May 3, 2020

Jollof rice is THE African staple meal! Whether you’re at a party or spending a regular Saturday at a Nigerian home, Jollof is always readily available and usually, there’s more than enough to go around. When it was time to go off to Uni some years ago, I knew I had to perfect my skills because Jollof rice was quite literally all I ever ate! To call it my favourite meal would be an understatement. Fast forward four years later, I’ve perfected my family recipe (my Brother Rasheed makes the meanest batch of Jollof you will ever taste, second only to mumsy of course, and my sister Rafat thinks she cooks it better than I do but I’ll let her keep dreaming).

Whenever I post my “What’s for dinner” flicks on my Instagram stories, I often get a barrage of questions as to how to make the meal I’m showing off with Jollof rice being the most requested, so I decided to share my recipe with any and everyone who would like to give it a try!

What You’ll Need

Rice ( I use Parboiled or long grain)

Bell peppers


Tomato paste




Scotch bonnet (any hot pepper works really)


Knorr cubes or powder

Chicken stock (you can use beef if you’d like.. that’s your business 😉)



Bay leaves

Smoked paprika

Cajun spice (my spin)


Parsley, as a garnish

Vegetable oil

Palm oil (Controversial, I know. I’m a tree lover but tradition and culture stays, always.)

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

40-45 minutes

Please note, I do not measure! I cook with sense (Insert Naija uncle accent here); so please know your portions and season to your own taste.

Pour equal parts vegetable oil and palm oil into your pot and bring to a hot simmer, then throw in some thinly sliced onions. When the onion is fully caramelized, pour in your puréed mix of blended Bell peppers , Tomatoes, Tomato paste, Onions, Garlic, Ginger, and Scotch bonnet or any hot pepper of your liking. Cover the pot and let this mixture cook for about 5 minutes.

Now it’s time to season the stew! Pour in 1/2 a cup of chicken stock, some Knorr cubes or powder, thyme, curry, smoked paprika, cajun spice, chopped oregano, and a few bay leaves.

Stir the mixture and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Pour your thoroughly rinsed rice into the mixture (wash the rice by running warm water over it until the water runs clear; this strips the rice of excess starch and dirt). As a rule of thumb, you’d want to use 1 cup of water per cup of long grain or parboiled rice for a nice al dente consistency. Turn stove to medium or low heat and cover the pot. DO NOT STIR THE RICE. Stirring the rice while cooking activates the natural starch in it and causes it to burn at a more rapid pace (Jollof sticks to the pot quite easily, which is ok as it gives the rice a nice smokey flavour). If the water evaporates completely before it reaches the consistency you prefer, add water as you go. Not too much though, gage the progress accordingly. When done, turn off the fire and stir the pot to ensure an even red colour throughout. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then serve!


Lemon Honey grilled chicken

Sautéed mixed vegetables

Roasted celery-bellpepper-potato combo (heaven!)


I might make a post on how I make these side dishes depending on how well this post is received.

Love and gratitude..


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  • Mustapha Adewusi

Updated: May 2, 2020

When legends die, it seems we’re all reminded of our own mortality. In the past couple of months, it’s hard to quantify how many times I’ve heard something along the lines of “I thought Kobe was gonna live forever” from family, friends, his peers, and fans alike. I too shared this same sentiment. Never in a million years would I have been prepared to hear something that deeply gut wrenching about Kobe Bryant.  

I was in an Uber with a loved one when the music stopped abruptly and the radio DJ made the announcement. My first reaction was “is he serious? What month is it? What a bloody joke!” In my head we were now at that sick point of the year and this prick just made the most tasteless, unfunny April Fools joke ever. Then the Uber driver, clearly just as baffled as we were, asks if I can look it up to confirm; I pulled out my phone to discover a message from a close friend saying “Yo, Kobe Bryant just died”. Then google, then twitter.. It was confirmed. We were horrified to find out this was in fact true. 

I immediately started to cry and for the life of me, I couldn’t stop. I was not only shaken to my core at the idea that The Black Mamba was no longer here, but the fact that he met his demise in the way that he did made it all the more unbearable. To know that his young daughter lost her life, likely in her father’s arms, was even harder to stomach. I am deeply gutted about this unfortunate nightmare, as we all are and I pray that the supreme rulers of the universe guide, protect, and keep Vanessa and their beautiful baby girls. I pray that the loved ones left behind by the other seven passengers aboard that helicopter find peace, hope, and comfort during this most difficult time. I pray that Kobe, Gianna, and every single soul we lost on that helicopter has ascended into the kingdom of God. 

To everyone hurting right now, especially to the athletes whose lives he’s changed forever, channel this energy into something great! Don’t let him down! Keep pushing forward! 

Let us all strive to reach our highest selves and live a life worth living, no matter what that looks like. Strive to make a change. Reach out wide enough to touch the lives of those around you, at any capacity, and never stop your elevation. The only way to go is up! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching Kobe play throughout the years, it’s that there are no limits to what can be achieved in this life; even when you think you’ve reached yours, there’s always more to strive for. 

I will always love and admire the man that was Kobe Bryant. He truly raised an entire generation of men, Black men in particular, by living his truth and doing exactly what he loved in the best possible way it could ever be done. It is remarkable to see all the love he’s being shown across the world. He was indeed bigger than life! Rest in eternal peace my Virgo brother. May the trees you planted a long time ago be the shade that shields us for generations to come.

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