On May 11, 2023, Nigerian chef Hilda Baci started her 100 hours cook-a-thon, and broke the Guinness World Record for the “longest cooking marathon by an individual” on May 15th. The feat was more than just a proud Nigerian moment, it also inspired more people to attempt to break and set Guinness World Record across different categories.
So we compiled a list of all Nigerians who have attempted to break the GWR since Hilda Baci.
On January 24th, 2023, Philip Solomon from Akure, Ondo State, was declared a world record holder for the most skips (153) on one foot in 30 seconds. Philip broke Bangladesh’s Rasel Islam 145 steps record set in 2021.
A month after Hilda Baci became the longest cooking chef on GWR, Damilola Adeparusi, a 22-year-old chef from Ekiti attempted to break the record, aiming to cook for 120 hours.
Although the Board of Guinness World Records didn’t affirm her as the new record holder, some Nigerians cheered her, while some criticised her.
In an attempt to surpass Hilda Baci’s world-recorded cooking hours, a chef from Ondo State, Adeola Adeyeye, embarked on a 150-hour cooking marathon. She began on June 30, 2023 and completed it on July 7th. However, GWR didn’t recognise her attempt.
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Nigerian actor and comedian Hawwal Emmanuel Olarenwaju Ogungbadero led 15 artists under his company, BSMG, to set the record for the longest recording marathon on June 25th, 2023. The recording session lasted for 40 hours, nineteen seconds.
On August 10, 2023, Tonye Solomon from Bayelsa State set the record for taking the most steps (150) climbed on a ladder while balancing a football on his head.
Joshua Abba Jeremiah, AKA Hitsound, is a music producer, singer and YouTuber from Kogi State. On September 28, 2023, he attempted to record several artists for 72 hours to break the longest recording session record BSMG had set earlier in June.
Nigerian painter and 2D artist Oyinlola Mewu attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the longest painting marathon, clocking in at 72 hours. She started her painting marathon on October 28, 2023 and finished October 31, 2023 — a decade after Belgium’s Roland Palmaerts’ feat in 2013.
Another Nigerian chef rose up to reclaim the title back to Nigeria on November 9th. Chef Tope’s attempt was a 200-hour cook-a-thon in Ogbomoso, Oyo State on November 18th.
Remember Irish chef Alan Fisher took the record from Hida Baci, after completing a 119 hours and 57 minutes cooking session.
Although Subair, a 200-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), has landed in the hospital with hand injuries, she completed a 58 hours task of washing clothes. Subair applied for the GWR task last June.