Three Nigerian barmen have emerged winners in the maiden edition of Jabulani cocktail competition organised to announce the new makeover bottle for Amarula cream. Ferdinand Obule of La Cour Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos came tops at the end of the three-month competition. He defeated his colleague, Razak Yusuf also of La Cour to the second place while Anthony Oriyomi of Shadez Lounge came third. Speaking shortly before presenting cheques to the winners, Mr. Roelof Stoltz, Country Manager, Distell, producers of Amarula, said the competition was organised to usher in the new bottle, which looks like the face of an elephant, and to also discover those Nigerian barmen who are talented and have the knack to mix a variety of cocktails using Amarula.
He explained that the move was to sustain the image of Amarula, and also to reduce faking of the product, now considered as South Africaâ€™s gift to Africa. â€œAmarula recently had its bottle upgraded to a perfectly intricate detailed bottle, shaped by Africa called the Jabulani bottle.Â
To introduce this bottle to the bars in Nigeria, we embarked on a 3-month nationwide cocktail competition where the stakes were high and everyone won a prize.Â
The competition involved 60 outlets selected from three major cities in Nigeria, namely Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja and held between April and June 2017. After the expiration of the Jabulani cocktails competition, where a lot of recharge cards of different networks were won by participants, three Barmen emerged winner.â€