By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Lagos – ConcernedÂ by the declining cooking culture among urban Nigerian girls and young women, a group of women under the aegis of â€œAbia Daughters (AD) International, is organising a cooking competition involving all Nigerian girls between the ages of 18 and 25 to prepare Nigerian delicacies.
Tagged â€œDaughters in the kitchen,â€ the competition would take in six zones of the country with the first zonal competition coming on October 24, in Jos,Â Plateau State, while the grand finale holds in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, in December.
Explaining the rationale behind the competition, President-General of AD, Mrs Nnenna Iheaka, who led other executive members of the group to Vanguard Newspapers, Lagos, lamented that Nigerians were gradually abandoning the natural home cooked food with all its nutritional contents for fast food, popular eateries/joints and restaurants.
According to her, â€œWhat do we say about men who have their kitchens at popular joints scattered all over town. The moment a man finds a better kitchen outside the home, he abandons the home and â€˜manufacturesâ€™ excuses to visit those kitchens because those are where he finds succour to his stomach. A lot of family income is wasted at the detriment of school fees etc.â€