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Johnnie Walker hosts 2021 bartending competition in Nigeria


L-R Ifeoma Agu, Marketing Manager International Premium Spirits & Reserve Brands, Guinness Nigeria; Viola Graham-Douglas, International Premium Spirits, Reserve and Modern Trade Director, Guinness Nigeria; Winner World Class Nigeria, Mr Seth Awesome Jhan; Ope Makinwa, National Sales Reserve Manager Guinness Nigeria and Adenike Adebola, Marketing and Innovation Director, Guinness Nigeria.

Johnnie Walker recently hosted the finale of its National Bartender Competition – ‘World Class’ on the 13th of March, 2021 in Lagos.

The 4-day cocktail week event showcased the amazing flavours of the finest of Diageo Premium spirits – Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray 10 Gin and Ketel One Vodka.

The second edition of the competition saw hundreds of talented bartenders from across Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja slug it out for a chance to make it to the top finalists for Nigeria.


Post the preliminaries – four regional finalists emerged, they are: Mr. Seth Awesome Jhan, Mr. Babalola Temitope Gideon, Mr. Aliyu Abdullah and Mr. Adama Augustine. These four bartenders went on to compete for the position of the World Class Nigeria Bartender of the Year title over the weekend.

Finalists were awarded points based on dexterity, creativity, and the quality of cocktails by a distinguished panel of judges including Ms. Lara Rawa, Mr. Oyindamola de-Medeiros, Mr. Ali Mattar, Ms Jenny Ademola, Ms Lola Pedro and Chef Benedict. Each bartender showcased their personality and expressed themselves through their signature cocktail serves. In the end, Mr. Seth Awesome Jhan emerged winner of World Class Nigeria Finale, 2021.

Ifeoma Agu, Marketing Manager International Premium Spirits, Guinness Nigeria, stated: “This has been an amazing experience, we are proud to showcase and celebrate the very best of cocktail culture and the bartenders who make it happen. Expect to see the pinnacle of bar-tending innovations, inspiring new trends which will set the future of cocktails for months and years to come.”

It’s been an exceptional and inspiring journey. We can’t wait for the global finals in Madrid happening on the 5th-8th of July this year where Mr. Seth will put Nigeria on the map for our diverse and innovative drinks culture; Ope Makinwa, National Sales Reserve Manager stated!

As the biggest bartending stage worldwide, World Class aims to give Nigerians an opportunity to showcase their skills on the grandest stage and reshape the future of drinking culture. Mr. Seth Awesome Jhan will contest at the global World Class 2021 bartender competition in Madrid, Spain, this July.


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