The Great British Bake-off is the BBC One’s reality competition where twelve contestants battle week after week until there’s only one Star baker left. Besides how entertaining this show is, the producers always manage to get their diversity game right with the contestants.
Last year, on the show’s 6th season, it was Nadiya Hussein, the British-Bengali Muslim mother of three who won not only the prize, but also our affection (and that of the Queen too, apparently). There was also the fuzzy haired eye-candy and anaesthetist, Dr. Tamal Ray whose only saving grace from the ladies was that we revealed soon enough that he is gay.
This season, there was Rav Bansal, who left the tent last episode. Rav sports his traditional Indian turban the same way he infused spices in his bakes. There’s also a Ghanaian banker, Selasi Gbormittah who essentially redefines what it means to be cool headed. The only thing cooler than Selasi on the show is that there is a contestant of Nigerian descent on the show. Teaching assistant, Benjamina Ebuehi is who we are rooting for this year. Not just because her bakes come off as new school and cool. She also reminds us every episode how the Nigerian in a person can just peek through in all they do.
We have been following the show and here are all the 4 ways Benjamina has flaunted her “Nigerianess” for the world to see all season
Only in Nigeria. Only Nigerian parents will name their daughter Benjamina. The 24 year-old has probably had to live her whole life
explaining to people why her parents turned a guy’s name into a female name by force. Nigerian parents just know how to find the most unique names even when your only namesake per page one of Google is a tree.
Who but a Nigerian will bake with plantain?
In making her showstopper on episode 5, Benjamina went all Nigerian on us. She produces fried plantains to fill her 48 filo pastry amouse bouches with! Needless to say, the judges were blown away. Nigerian magic, dodo never fails. It was how they showed her frying the dodo that will melt your heart. Just in case any other country wants to start a we-own-dodo-fight with us, we got proof. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood tasted our dodo first and loved it.
Shading a Ghanaian for “stealing her recipe”
When for the the third time she and Selasi show up with the same plan for their bake, Benjamina quips to the show’s anchors that she was sure he stole it from her. Thank God it’s only Bake-off and not cook-off. Otherwise we definitely would have been reporting a full blown #JollofWars from BBC One.
Benjamina has inspired Oyinbo to reach for their inner romantic hashtagging monsters.
Although it’s common knowledge that Selasi has a girlfriend outside the show, the playful banter that she and Selasi have going on the show already has got people pairing the two up as #Benjalasi. Only a Nigerian girl will inspire this or are over the wedding hashtags yet?
— BBC One (@BBCOne) September 28, 2016
Even BBC One seems to have got the memo and are running with it.