Here in this post, we are going to give you a list of 10 best rice brands in Nigeria. We hope you find this article informative and useful.
It is one of the basic necessities of life that all animals must eat, hence the need for a stable supply or source of food for proper feeding. We all know that all fingers are not equal but rice, the commonest grain in Nigeria is both popular among the poor and rich.
It is a kind of food that is high in carbohydrate so that it can supply energy to all the masses of a great nation like Nigeria on a daily basis. That is why its supply and demand is on the increase daily, weekly, monthly and indeed yearly.
To any little child growing up in a typical street in Nigeria, rice to them becomes their best meal because it is cooked for them regularly.
One might think that since this meal is a constant to their mouth and bellies, they should have gotten used to it already. Surprisingly, the grain can be prepared in a different number of ways, which is why it can never be an option for Nigerians.
Rice in Ghana can be cooked deliciously in a style known as Waje and in Nigeria, we have our own variety of styles such as jollof rice, white rice, coconut rice, etc.
Due to this widespread popularity of rice and its acknowledgment by many international health organizations as a sustainable staple meal, many companies and manufacturers all over the world have sprung up with various brands to make sure that people’s high demand of rice can be met on a daily basis.
Searching for the right brand of rice to buy in a typical Nigerian market can be very stressful especially for someone not experienced in the marketing and distribution of bags of rice.
10 Best Rice Brands in Nigeria
Under-listed is a number of brands that I consider to be the best 10 brands in Nigeria:
1. Mama Pride
This is a number one choice to many Nigerian mothers that have hungry mouths to feed. The rice is relatively cheap and affordable due to the fact that it is locally produced and distribution is within and outside the shores of Nigeria and Africa. Mama Pride is a product of the OLAM Nigeria Limited.
Its low price comes from its popularity as one of the leading manufacturers of rice that has its operations in local communities in Nigeria.
They also have branches in countries such as Senegal, Togo and are operational all over the globe in different continents such as South American, Central America, North America, East Africa, and other West African countries and even Australia.
This brand of rice is certified to be high in nutrition value and very healthy to consume by the populace because it has been tested as a portion of organic food.
This brand also parboils their rice, making it very easy to cook, saving the household fuel and the environment from harmful gas emissions. Its rice is without stones and sand thereby the assurance of a safe and happy meal is guaranteed.
Undoubtedly, this brand of rice is one of the best because its manufacturers not only provide food for the people of Nigeria, they also provide a job for them.
The company OLAM by name has local manufacturing plants in Nigeria and also a superb rice farm located in Nasarawa state that covers a large expanse of about 10,000 acres of land. Rice farmed from the land is supplied to its own rice mill for production and distribution within states of the country.
The current ban on the importation of rice into Nigeria has rapidly enhanced sales for this brand thereby increasing its popularity among Nigerians.
2. Mama Gold
This brand of rice is also popular in the Nigerian market owing to the fact that it is produced by the OLAM Nigerian Limited. Its price is not as friendly as Mama Pride because it is imported from Thailand.
This brand assures one of high quality and great tastes. It is also parboiled before packaging for exportation and distribution.
The price of this rice ranges and varies depending on the size. For a 50kg bag, one can purchase at the cost of 16 000 to 17 000 naira.
A 25kg bag will cost you about 7500 to 8500 naira while a 10kg bag is at the cost of 3000 to 3500 naira. These prices are not constant and can change from time to time resulting from inflation, natural occurrence, and political declarations.
This particular brand of rice goes well with tomato paste, especially when used to prepare jollof rice, white rice, and stew. A sprinkle of vegetable on already cooked Mama Gold rice creates a great sensation on the taste buds of passionate rice lovers.
3. Royal Stallion
Royal Stallion is another brand of rice that is widely popular in Nigeria. It has a distinctive label or should I say logo of a standing horse signifying the pride and elegance of the brand. This logo is a very good trademark and it attracts lots of buyers.
This brand is different from other brands because of the health benefits that it offers to its consumers. The Royal Stallion brand of rice has a rich content of calcium, potassium and Vitamin B-6. These nutrients needed for growth and development in young children and adults as well.
The quality of this rice is high in standard, thereby qualifying it into the category of best rice brands in Nigeria. The rice from this brand is so easy to cook excluding all the strenuous processes experienced when preparing local rice like the Abakiliki rice.
It is husk free not to mention its non-sticky nature after undergoing heat treatment in the cooker. It is very nutritious and parboiled in Thailand.
Currently, the Royal Stallion would cost a fortune due to the fact that it is illegal to import rice in Nigeria. A 50kg bag of this brand should cost you approximately 15 500 to 16 500 naira in the market.
A 25kg bag should be about 8000 to 8500 naira while a 10kg bag would be between 3000 to 4000 naira in a typical rice store in Nigeria.
4. Mama Africa
This is another brand from the renowned agribusiness, OLAM Nigeria Limited and certainly has all the attributes of its counterpart brands listed above.
One noticeable feature of this brand is the picture of a slave with a red hat and a long goatee. The price of this rice is about 18500 and above due to the current inflation in the market.
5. Lake Rice
This brand of rice is among the few local brands that are thriving now in the Nigerian market due to the ban placed on the importation of rice into the country.
Why this brand makes the list of 10 best rice brands in Nigeria is because it is very cheap and readily available to the Nigerian masses. These people experience hunger and hardship. This rice brand is indeed a saving grace to many who can afford it at a price tag of 11500 naira.
The brand is very popular in Lagos and Kebbi States because of the effort the two states governments have made, in increasing its production capacity.
6. Anambra Rice
Anambra Rice is a new brand of rice that is being produced and packaged in Anambra state. It is a brand that has sprung up in the state because of the government intervention and provision of loans to individuals willing to go into rice productions. Adequate support is also given to entrepreneurs aiming to invest in rice production.
7. Ofada Rice
Ofada Rice is popular mostly in Ogun State because it was named after a town, Ofada town in Ogun state. It is a local rice brand but it is highly demanded in various eateries spread across Nigeria. It is also relatively cheap judging from the fact that a 5kg bag costs just a token of 2000 to 2500 naira.
8. The Basmati Rice
This brand made my list because it is a brand that is always recommended to people who wish to lose weight. This rice is very low in sugar content. It is sold in supermarket and the cost goes for about 3800 to 4200 naira for a bag.
9. Falcon Rice
This brand of rice made it to the list, this time not because of popularity but on the contrary. The brand is not popular at all in the Nigerian Market but it is loved by Nigerians who lived in the United States.
The rice is characterized by its long and whole-grain size. A 25kg bag of this rice should cost you about 8000 to 9000 naira.
10. Elephant Pride
Last on the list but not the least is the Elephant Pride brand of rice. This brand comes in two variant, the Elephant Pride Sortexed Quality Rice that is locally manufactured and the Elephant Gold Thai Super Deluxe Sortexed; this is imported from Thailand.
This rice is very good and its presence in the Nigerian market has lasted for over 25 years.