Facts on Ofada rice
- Ofada rice has been grown in Ogun State since the 1940s. It is not indigenous to Africa. It is purported to have been smuggled by a soldier into Nigeria when the soldier returned from Asia and planted the rice in Ofada.
- Ofada rice is named after the town Ofada, where its cultivation first occurred. Ofada is located in Ogun state. Ofada rice is traditionally served in an uma leaf (Thaumatococcus daniellii), with a sauce of ‘Atarodo’ (spicy) and ‘Tatase’ (sweet) pepper, onion, locust beans, palm oil, and meat.
- It is a festive meal rather than an everyday type of food for most Nigerians but is everyday Street food for the towns of Ikenne and Ilisan in Ogun state. It is also often served along with a vegetable stew that may contain locust beans as an ingredient.