Outgoing France Ambassador: I Love Nigerian Jollof Rice

Outgoing France Ambassador: I Love Nigerian Jollof Rice

The outgoing France Ambassador to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann recently shared her thoughts about Nigeria and the things she will miss. Let’s dive in!

Meet Emmanuelle Blatmann

Emmanuelle Blatmann has been France’s Ambassador to Nigeria since October 2021. But now, she is getting ready to take on a new role as the Director for Africa in Paris. Before she left, she wanted to talk about her experiences in Nigeria.

Not a Fan of Pepper Soup

In an interview in Abuja, Emmanuelle Blatmann revealed that there is one thing she won’t miss about Nigeria – the country’s pepper soup. She said, “I will be very honest with you and blunt, I will not miss the pepper soup because it’s too peppery. You people tried to kill me several times. I will be eating all sorts of things with my eyes red and crying, I have smoke coming out of my ears. I am exaggerating but honestly, why do you put so much pepper? In the North, it’s better but in the South-West, my God!”

Her Love for Nigerian Cuisine

Despite not enjoying pepper soup, Emmanuelle Blatmann expressed her love for other Nigerian dishes. She said, “But I like the jollof rice, I like the moimoi and the puff-puff.” Jollof rice is a popular Nigerian dish made with rice, tomatoes, onions, and spices. Moimoi is a delicious steamed bean pudding, and puff-puff is a sweet deep-fried dough.

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What She Will Miss

Although Emmanuelle Blatmann won’t miss the pepper soup, she will miss many other things about Nigeria. She mentioned that she will miss the country’s weather and food in general. But most importantly, she will miss the love of the people, the sense of humor, the laughter, the music, and the dancing. She loves to dance a lot!


It’s interesting to hear about Emmanuelle Blatmann’s experiences in Nigeria and her love for Nigerian jollof rice. Remember, everyone has different tastes, and it’s okay to have preferences. Stay curious and keep exploring different cuisines!

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