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Mixologist Kelvin Oduntan Shakes Up Nigerian Special at World Class Global Competition

David Masifon

BY David Masifon

The World Class Global Competition is the ‘FIFA World Cup’ of Bartenders and Nigeria’s Kelvin Oduntan, World Class Nigeria Winner featured at the just concluded World Class Global Competition in Berlin, Germany.

Known for his signature traditional style which is heavily expressed in his mixology and fashion, Kelvin delivered a Nigerian spin to the classic cocktail, Dutch Mule.

Kelvin replaced the usual ginger beer, with ginger-infused palm wine and lime juice with the meticulous sophistication of Ketel One Vodka. You could tell his serve was very well received by the audience in Berlin who thirsted more for the original Nigerian Mule.

The mixologist was supported by a team which included Ikechukwu Agu, Brand Ambassador Diageo Reserve; Edi Emmanuel-Bala, Associate Director Diageo Reserve; Mobolaji Shobanjo, Diageo Reserve Sales & Activation Manager; Charles Okpaleke, Owner of Play Nightclub; Kamal Boustani, Owner SIP and Ali Halawi, Owner of Rhapsody Group.

Australia’s Orlando Marzo emerged as Bartender of the Year from the contest which attracted 56 of the finest bartenders from across the world.

Orlando was awarded after a series of intense rounds that tested each bartender’s range of skills from ingenuity and presentation to flair and finesse.

Winner Orlando Marzo


World Class is the global Diageo bartender training and education program that heightens the craft of bartending and focuses on delivering exceptional consumer experiences. Since its launch in 2009, Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS has been instrumental in transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture around the world. Now in over 60 countries, it has supported, educated and inspired over 250,000 bartenders through its training and advocacy programme.

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