UNILAG undergraduate wins gold medal, car in 2014 Onga campus cooking contest
A 22-year old law student of University of Lagos, Miss Temitope Oyedija; has emerged the overall winner in this year’s Onga National Campus Cooking Competition thereby winning the star prize of 2014 KIA Rio full option.
With the Okro Soup and Garri she prepared at the Grand Finale of the competition held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the university, Oyedija dazzled other regional winners who represented 13 other universities in the country.
Kachi Onubogu, Executive Director, Commercial, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, sponsors of the competition; who made the announcement said cooking is a universal art done in every part of the world. Based on this, he said Promasidor’s target is to make the competition premium amongst the youth in Nigeria.
Onubogu stated that as a national competition, the cooking contest launched in August 2014 was activated in 14 campuses spread across the country such that many willing students could gain access to participate.
Overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of all participants in the competition, the Commercial Director advised all the finalists to see themselves as winners. His words: “We are proud to have all of you here today. See yourself as a winner whether or not you clinch the star prize. As long as you are one of the 14 contestants here today, you are a winner. You will go home with a prize.”
Dazed by the final result of the annual event, Oyedija disclosed that when the competition started, she was confused over where to start her cooking from. “I later after some minutes got my bearing back,” she stated. On who inspired her cooking skills, she said it was God who created her; who has endowed her with the culinary skills. As a result, she said she would dedicate the prize she won to God first, and then to her mother.
Satisfied with the competition, Edna Obi, Senior Category Manager, Promasidor explained that the event achieved its objectives which include giving students across select campuses the opportunity to sharpen their culinary skills; enlighten the public on the wide variety of dishes enjoyed by different cultures across the country; and create an emotional bond between the brand’s target audience and the Onga Seasoning through active engagement and one-on-one interaction.
She assured that Promasidor will not relent in embracing any laudable idea that will contribute to the development of its target audience and the society at large.
Other contestants present at the Grand Finale include the first runner up, Isaac Uzoenyi, a student of Abia State University; Jessica Egbenwonu, a student of Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan; Miss Arafat Azeez, student of Environmental Resources Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB); and Christopher Xyztus, student of School of Natural and Applied Science, Federal University of Technology, Minna.