Nigeria is expected to make history on October 1, when its caterers build and unveil the worldâ€™s largest cake. The 65,000kg cake, will be unveiled at the National Stadium, Abuja, is expected to beat the current Guinness World Records.
By midnight, October 1, a select group of Nigerian caterers and bakers will begin work on a 65ton cake. By noon, the fruit cake, decorated in green and white colours will be unveiled by President Goodluck Jonathan. Mr. Jonathan will cut the 6ft high cake and Nigerians will have the opportunity to have a share of the â€˜national cakeâ€™ literally.
The cake, which will be 100ft long and 6ft high, will require the services of at least 2000 persons, and is expected to beat the records of the current worldâ€™s largest cake, a 58ton cake which was baked in 1989.
One Meal One Nation
The organiser of the Worldâ€™s largest cake project, Victor Oluwafemi, says he has tagged the project, â€˜one meal one nationâ€™, in line with the philosophy behind the project.
â€œThe project is a private endeavour which myself and my team thought of. We wanted to do something significant for the 50th anniversary project. We wanted something that would give every Nigerian an opportunity to partake in the celebrations. We knew that the average Nigerian would not have the opportunity to eat the cake that will be presented in the villa,â€ Mr. Oluwafemi said to NEXT in Abuja.
Mr. Oluwafemiâ€™s team of three spoke enthusiastically of the measures that they are taking to ensure that the cake gets to as many Nigerians as possible. First, every state in the country will receive one ton of the cake and the small team also expects that every tribe in the country will be represented in the Abuja Stadium on October 1, and will have the opportunity to have a bite of the cake.
â€œThis project is supposed to turn the national cake that we always talk about to reality. It will give Nigerians an actual cake to feed on,â€ Paul Sambo, the teamâ€™s head of Strategic business said.
Likening the project to the national pride that comes from winning a football match, the team says that the project was designed to boost the emotions of Nigerians despite the current national challenges.
â€œThis project does not gainsay the fact that the nation has problems up till today. But we need inspiration in order to move forward as a nation. This project was designed with a leadership bias, a leader inspires his people no matter what and that is what we hope to do,â€ Joseph Yakwo, the third member and the operations officer of the project said.
Making The Records Book
If the teamâ€™s cake must to enter the Guinness World Records, Mr. Oluwafemi and his team will have to start and finish the cake within 24 hours; the team plans to do so in 8.
â€œWe are going to bake the cake in about 8 hours. The cake is going to be baked, cooled and iced on the same day,â€ Mr. Yakwo said.
The team says that it has been in touch with the officials of the Guinness World Records and that a Guinness adjudicator will arrive from New York to inspect the project from start to finish.