Ghanaian journalist Afua Asantewaa Aduonum has received the green light from Guinness World Records (GWR) to embark on an ambitious singing marathon, aiming to last between 117 to 120 hours.
Mrs. Aduonum, a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, is determined to set the record for the longest individual singathon. Her ambitious plan involves focusing solely on songs from Ghana, specifically spotlighting Highlife, Hiplife, and Gospel genres. Each song performed during the marathon will be limited to a maximum duration of two minutes, following GWR guidelines that allow song repetition only after a four-hour interval.
The current record, established in 2012 by Indian participant Sunil Waghmare, stands at 105 hours—a milestone that Aduonum is determined to surpass. The singing marathon, scheduled for December, has already garnered substantial support from Ghanaians across various social media platforms.
While some express doubt regarding her ability to break the current record, many believe that with widespread backing from Ghanaians, she stands a strong chance of achieving success. Mrs. Aduonum has slated the world record attempt between December 24 and 27, 2023.
This initiative follows the recent recognition of 26-year-old Nigerian chef Hilda Baci, also known as Hilda Effiong Bassey, by GWR for the longest marathon cooking session, lasting 93 hours and 11 minutes in June. However, in November, Irish chef Alan Fisher surpassed this record with an impressive time of 119 hours and 57 minutes.
Guinness World Records, a prestigious British reference book published annually since 1955, meticulously documents extraordinary human accomplishments and natural extremes. Previously known as The Guinness Book of Records until 1999, it was also referred to as The Guinness Book of World Records in earlier United States editions.