Jollof Rice is a popular dish in Nigeria and across Africa. In fact, it is so popular that it sparked a Jollof war between some countries including Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal.

A research carried out by SB Morgen between 2016 and half-year 2019 showed that the north-west and north-central parts of the country are the most expensive places to cook a pot of Jollof.

As at half-year 2019, the average cost of preparing a pot of Jollof rice was N5,974.

The items to be purchased for a pot of Jollof Rice are Onion, Rice (four milk cups), 1kg of Turkey, Beef, Tinned tomato (smallest), Vegetable oil (half bottle), Tomatoes (eight small pieces), Pepper (smallest cup), Thyme and Curry (Ducros), Seasoning (Knorr) and salt.

“Until December 2018, Sabongeri Market in Kano had the costliest Jollof index. However, from H1, 2019, Wuse 2 in Abuja took over as the costliest place to cook Jollof nationwide. The South East, South-South, and Lagos, consistently trend below the average,” the report read.

“The key drivers of the increase in the Jollof Index were rice, beef, turkey and vegetable oil. Vegetable oil particularly proved to be most volatile, with the price increasing by almost 100% in some markets across the country.

“Interestingly, the price of rice has been on a steady decline in all but the Abuja markets over this three year period.”

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