- The Guinness World Records has said there has been an upsurge of wood-be record breakers from Nigeria since May
- Information exclusively obtained by Legit.ng shows that 1,500 Nigerians have applied to the record body in a little over two months
- The GWR told Legit.ng that Hilda Baci's success and the attention she got was an incentive for many Nigerians also to make a record attempt
The number of Nigerians applying to break a Guinness World Record has risen astronomically since May, Legit.ng understands.
Information exclusively obtained by Legit.ng shows that 1,500 people from Nigeria have applied to the Guinness World Records from May to July 2023.
The GWR told Legit.ng that Hilda Baci's success is a contributory factor to the surge in the number of would-be record breakers from Nigeria.
The body said:
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"The attention and excitement that Hilda Baci’s cooking marathon gained was certainly an incentive for many Nigerians to consider attempting a Guinness World Records title. Since her record attempt, there has been a spike in applications from Nigeria, particularly for marathon records."
How Hilda Baci set off a storm of wood-be record breakers
In May 2023, Hilda Baci embarked on a cooking marathon that saw her cook for 93 hours and 11 minutes.
The event was hugely successful and grabbed media attention for many weeks, and ultimately turned Hilda into a celebrity chef.
Since then, many young people flooded the GWR with numerous applications. When asked to put a number to the high flow of applications, the body told Legit.ng:
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"We have received over 1,500 record applications from Nigeria since the start of May."
Some record attempts are fake and were not registered with GWR
Some people embarked on fake record attempts which were not registered with the GWR, all with the intention to have fun or to be popular.
Things got to an interesting point where the body had to tell one social media user who was talking about breaking a record that it was enough.
After that, some people speculated that the record body would soon ban Nigerians from registering or attempting to break records.
No plans to ban Nigerians from GWR
However, the GWR told Legit.ng that there are no plans to ban Nigerians from breaking records or registering to do so.
The body said:
"No, we are thrilled that so many Nigerians have been inspired by Guinness World Records and welcome their applications. Record breaking is open to all."
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GWR tells Nigerians to follow due process
The body has, however, insisted that due process must be followed by those seeking to break records to avoid an exercise in futility.
"Please check the Guinness World Records website first, where you will find plenty of helpful information about how the application process works, as well as what makes a Guinness World Records title.
"Apply for the record and receive the guidelines before going ahead and be sure to follow the guidelines strictly. Collate all evidence required and submit carefully via your application. Practice for your attempt, and good luck!"
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In a related story, Yen.com.gh reported that Chef Dammy revealed her intention to embark on a new cooking marathon.
The Chef, who is from Ekiti state, said the new cooking marathon would last for 150 hours.
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