The Guinness World Record is an annual reference book published in the United Kingdom that contains listings of the top achievements in the world in any field of art or profession. It is an annual reference book issued in several languages throughout the world to document natural world extremes and human achievements. In this post, we will look at some of the most notable Guinness World Records held by Nigerians.
Top Guinness World Records Held by Nigerians
Being a Guinness World Record holder is no easy task; it needs the purposeful effort of whoever wants to break an existing record; the individual must be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it with the values of determination, persistence, and hard work. Several Nigerians like Rema, Fela Kuti, Wizkid and others have achieved Guinness World Records status over the years.
Here is a list of Guinness World Records held by Nigerians.
Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti a solo artiste, was able to record 46 albums from the year 1969 to 1992 – the most by a solo artiste.
DAVID OMUEYA DAFINONE
David Omueya Dafinone qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in the year 1963, his two daughters and two sons became members of the institute between the year 1986 and 1999 as their father; a record.
Stephen Keshi, a former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, was recognized as the youngest person to win the African Cup of Nations as a coach and player. In 1994 he captained the team that won the 1994 AFCON tournament. As a coach, aged 52 years and 10 days, he led Nigeria to the 2013 African Cup of Nations on the 10th of February, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paul Kehinde is a Paralympian. Paul broke his own record of 220.5 kg, a record he reached at the World Championship in December of 2017 by lifting 221kg (487 lb 3.5 oz) at the 9th Fazza 2018 World Para Power-lifting World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Lucy Ejike lifted 142kg the heaviest power lift for a -61kg female athlete. Lucy was able to lift 127.5kg in the women -44kg category since 20th September 2016 in Athens, Greece. She broke the record of lifting 142kg, on the 11th of September, 2016 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil
Blessing Okagbare is a household name in Nigeria, she has represented the country in several athletics tournaments and set and break records in the process. Appearing 67 times in 100-metre and 200-metre races and the long jump, she broke a record for the most appearances in Diamond League meetings held between 3 July 2010 and 31 August 2018.
Bose Omolayo as a Nigerian powerlifter did not hesitate to make the country proud over and over again. Won gold medal in the women’s -79g in the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. After some months as a powerlifter, she won a gold medal in the 2021 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Vincent broke the record for most consecutive backward handsprings with a football between his legs in 2022. e also achieved the most consecutive passes of a football, 129 times, between the head and soles while balancing on the back of a person
Chinoson broke the record for the most football headers in a prone position in a minute which is 233. He also holds the record for the fastest football touches while balancing a ball on the head in 7min 46sec. Chinonso on the 14th of November, 2019 earned a record for the most consecutive football touches in a minute while balancing the football on the head 111 times.
He equally earned the record for the most consecutive football touches in one minute while balancing a football on the head.
Bayo Omoboriowo holds the record for the largest photobook which measures about 60.84 m² (654 ft² 87 in²) in 2021.
Lauritta in Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, broke a record for the farthest shot put by a female F40.
On the 8th of February 2015, Tuedon broke the record for the fastest time to run a half marathon on each of the continents and the North Pole. She achieved that in 62 days, 21 hr 58min 49sec.
JOSHUA JASON USORO
Joshua and his team members danced the longest dance marathon relay in 53 hours 28 minutes 47 seconds.
Floral broke a record by throwing the farthest female F54 javelin throw, the distance was 20.25 meters, on 13 September 2016.
Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid has a Guinness World Record for being the artist with the first track to reach one billion streams on Spotify.
Yakubu Adesokan like his colleagues broke a record by lifting 180kg in the men’s -48kg powerlifting in the Paralympic Games in London, UK on the 30th of August, 2012.
Kaffy also known as Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau is a Nigerian dancer, fitness coach, choreographer and dance instructor. She was able to break the record for the “Longest Dance Party” in the year 2006 at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon.
DJ Oyinka Asu- Johnson known as Disc Jockey Yin with determination and perseverance broke the World Record for the longest DJ set by operating it for 243 hours, 30minutes at Ikoyi in Lagos State in October 2021. She broke the record set by Obi who also operated his set for 230 hours in Lagos State breaking the record of a Polish DJ, DJ Norbert Selmaj in Dublin, 2014.
Rema broke into the Guinness Book Of Records as the first artist to top the inaugural Middle Eastern and North Africa (MENA) with his smash hit single “Calm Down”.
Hilda cooked over 100 meals in a 100-hour stint breaking the record of Indian chef Lata Tondon who had cooked for 87 hours, 45 minutes, and 00 secs in 2019.