ByÂ Princewill Ekwujuru
The crucial role of aÂ mother as a home-maker and by extension a nation builder cannot be over-looked; this prompted the Maggi Cook for Mama Competition, by Unilever Nigeria Plc, tagged: Savour the Goodness of Yam, a competition seeking culinary skill transfer from mother(s) to child(ren).
Before now, the child, especially the female child (ren) were expected to from age six at least, sit by the fire side, watch the mother cook for the family, from there, she picks up the cooking skill or habit.
Today, all that has disappeared as a result of the springing up of pockets of Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs), most girl child or women, sometimes buy food from QSRs, to beat the pang of cooking, particularly now most women are working class.
To disabuse this culture, Unilever institution the cook for mama competition to sharpen the culinary skill of the girl child, even now most marriages are breaking up as a result of the incompetence of the woman to cook quality dish for the husband.Â Â Â
However, the 2010 edition of the competitionâ€™s grand finale which ended recently, the company said itÂ was to celebrate the tireless efforts of mothers nurturing the family.ill also get a deep freezer, as the Home economics teachers of the participating students at the final will win aset of cook ware.
The company went on to say that the winner of the competition will win a 3- day all expense paid trip tp any West African country of her choice for self and mom, a lap-top computer, a deep freezer and a cash prize of N300,000, whist the second prize winner went home with a Nintendo wii plus game, gas cooker and N200,000. The third winner went home with a bed-side refrigerator and N100,000, whilst other received consolation prizes of an ipod and a set of dsihes.Â
The competition which was opened to youths between the ges of 13-17 years in secondary schools in Lagos, Benin, Enugu, Kaduna and Gombe, saw Offiah Mmachukwu emerge national winner of the competition.
Unilever also rewarded the Home Ecomnomics department of the school whose students win the first, second and third place with gas cookers. In addition, the overall winning school.
Speaking, Mrs. Uduak Bassey, Category Business Manager (Culinary) at the grand finale, said that it is the companyâ€™s belief that the competition will enhhance the bond between mothers, their children and the entire family, hoping that the event will promote the transfer of culinary skills from mother to child and further strengthen the partnership bond between Maggi and consumers.