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Ten Nigerians who have earned Guinness World Record titles

Ten Nigerians who have earned Guinness World Record titles

Nigerians are known all over the world for their competitive nature and their ability to prove to others how hardworking they are.

This competitive nature of Nigerians has seen us go head-to-head with the most competitive countries in the world and we come out on top.

The Guinness World Record is a typical example that shows the high-spiritedness of Nigerians when it comes to winning competitions and breaking records that will put Nigeria on the world map positively.

Recently, Nigerians have been going for records in the World Guinness Book while making sure that they break these records and take the titles from previous holders.

It has almost become a trend that Nigerians are happy to hop on like some easy feat.

In light of this, let's take a look at ten Nigerians who recently achieved a Guinness World Record title:
 

1. Bayo Omoboriowo: The largest photo book, which was measured at 60.84 m² (654 ft² 87 in²). (September 2021)

The largest photo book measures 60.84 m² (654 ft² 87 in²) achieved by TheJTAgency, Bayo Omoboriowo and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (all Nigeria) in Abuja and was verified on 30 September 2021.

The book is a recreation of the photo book titled Discover Nigeria.

The photo book, ‘‘Discover Nigeria,’’ measures 7.8meters by 7.8meters (totalling 60.84 square meters or 654 ft² 87 in²) when closed and when opened it is 15.65metres on its horizontal breadth and 7.8meters on its vertical length.

It showcases Nigeria's rich traditional institutions, the ingenuity of its people, the beauty of its landscape, the richness of its farmlands, and stunning waterfalls and seas, among others.

 

2. Chinonso Eche: The most football headers in a prone position in one minute, which is 23. (October 2021)

Chinonso Eche (Nigeria) set the record for the most football headers in a prone posture in one minute on October 13, 2021, at Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria.

Eche also owns the record for the fastest time to 1000 football touches while balancing a ball on his head, which he achieved on October 13, 2021, in Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria.

He also set the record for the most consecutive football (soccer) touches in one minute while balancing a football on his head, with 111 on November 14, 2019, in Warri, Nigeria.
 

3. DJ Yin: The longest DJ set performance (October 2021)

On October 20, 2021, Nigerian Disc Jockey Oyinka Asu-Johnson, also known as DJ Yin, broke the World Record for the longest DJ set.

She beat the record by working her set at The Grill by Yanna in Ikoyi, Lagos, for 243 hours and 30 minutes. The previous record holder was a Nigerian, DJ Obi, who performed for 230 hours at the Sao Cafe in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dj Obi beat the previous record of 200 hours established in Dublin in 2014 by a Polish DJ, Norbert Selmaj.

 

4. Folashade Oluwafemiayo: The heaviest power lift by a female in the -86 kg category (December 2021) 

The heaviest power lift by a female in the -86 kg category is 152.5 kg (336 lb 3 oz), accomplished by Folashade Oluwafemiayo (Nigeria) on 3 December 2021 at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

She had to settle for a silver medal in the women's -75 kg division at the Paralympic Games in London, UK, on September 3, 2012, but she had performed a record lift of 148 kg earlier that day.
 

5. Chukwuebuka Ezugha and Victor Richard Kipo: The most consecutive football passes with the soles (team of two). (December 2021)

Chukwuebuka Ezugha and Victor Richard Kipo (both from Nigeria) set the record for the most consecutive football (soccer) passes with the soles (team of two) on December 18, 2021, at Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria.

They also hold the record for the most consecutive passes of a football (soccer ball) between the head and soles (team of two), which will be broken on March 11, 2022, at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.
 

6. Vincent Okezie: The most consecutive backward handsprings with a football (soccer ball) between the legs. (March 2022)

On March 11, 2022, in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, Vincent Okezie (Nigeria) accomplished the record for the most consecutive backward handsprings with a football (soccer ball) between his legs: ten.

Along with Chukwuebuka Ezugha, Victor Richard Kipo, also set a record on March 11, 2022, in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, with the most consecutive passes of a football (soccer ball) between the head and soles while balancing on someone else's back—129.
 

7. Gbenga Ezekiel: Record for the most skips in a minute on one leg. (February 2023)

Gbenga Ezekiel was proclaimed the global record holder for most skips on one leg in one minute with 265 skips in February.

This adds to Nigeria's rope-skipping Guinness Global Records.

In February 2023, Gbenga erased Bangladesh’s Rasel Islam’s record of 262 skips in one minute on one foot to set a new Guinness World Record with 265 skips.
 

8. Divine Ikubor aka Rema: Record for 'Calm Down' as the first No.1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart, the world's first regional streaming chart. (May 2023)

Rapper Rema made history in May 2023 as the first artist to top the MENA charts setting a new Guinness Book of Records.

Calm Down was released on February 11, 2022, and was one of the fastest songs to get over 100 million streams on Spotify.

The song has made it to the Guinness Book of Records, making Rema the first artist to Top the MENA (Middle Eastern and North Africa) chart.

 

9. Hilda Baci: The world's longest cooking time (May 2023)

Nigerian chef Hilda Baci on May 15, 2023, broke the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time.

Hilda broke the record of 87 hours, 45 minutes, and 00 seconds set by Chef Lata Tondon in Rewa, India, in 2019.

However, she has been dethroned from this title. She was dethroned by Alan Fisher (Ireland), an owner and chef of a restaurant in Japan.
 

10. Helen Williams: The world's longest handmade wig (November 2023)

Helen Williams, a wigmaker set a new Guinness World Record by creating the world’s longest handmade wig.

After constructing the underlay with wig-cap netting and black fabric attached to a bicycle helmet, Helen completed the hairpiece using 1,000 bundles of hair, 12 cans of hair spray, 35 tubes of hair glue, and 6,250 hair clips.

Helen, who achieved the new feat, spent 11 days and over two million naira making the wig, measuring 351.28 metres (1,152 ft 5 in).

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