Mr. Remi Omowaye, the ex-Commissioner for Works in Osun State, has urged Nigerians to rally behind Damilola Adeparusi, a chef from Ekiti, as she aims to set a new world record for the most extended cooking duration.
In a statement obtained in Osogbo on Sunday, Omowaye emphasized the importance of encouraging Adeparusi to fulfill her dream rather than criticizing her for attempting to surpass a record previously set by another Nigerian.
As a show of support, he announced a donation of N100,000 to the chef and commended her for showcasing lesser-known traditional Ekiti cuisines.
“I fully support Damilola Adeparusi, an Ekiti-born chef, in her endeavor to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon, and I am contributing N100,000 towards her cause. Adeparusi, currently a student at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, is cooking in an apartment in Ilupeju-Ekiti, located in the Oye Local Government Area of the state.”
“Records are meant to be broken. Damilola has done everything correctly in attempting to break Hilda’s record. The sky is vast enough to accommodate various talents. Let her spread her wings and soar. She is also trying to make a name for herself. There is no harm in healthy competition.”
“Even if she doesn’t break the record, at least we now know her, just as we knew Hilda, and I believe Hilda should also be proud to have inspired someone to attempt the unimaginable.”
However, Omowaye criticized the Ekiti chef’s inadequate planning for the event, suggesting that provisions should have been made for medical personnel on standby in case of emergencies.
During the cooking marathon, he also advised the chef to prepare more traditional Ekiti dishes, such as Feregede, Otili, Pakala, Usu Eura, Usu Olo, Ewa Alagbado, Eusaa, and Egbo.