Cook-a-thon: Chef Faila Recalls Crippling Moment The Night Before GWR Attempt: “I Could Not Move”

Cook-a-thon: Chef Faila Recalls Crippling Moment The Night Before GWR Attempt: “I Could Not Move”

  • Ghanaian Chef Faila Abdul-Razak has recounted a chilling experience on the night before she embarked on her GWR cook-a-thon attempt
  • In a video, the culinary chef described how she had a paralysing moment that required her medical team to help her regain strength
  • The clip of her chilling account posted on Facebook by Ghanaian journalist Kwame Dadzie gathered reactions

Ghanaian Chef Faila Abdul-Razak began her Guinness World Record cook-a-thon attempt on Monday, January 1, 2024, and concluded on Wednesday, January 10.

According to her, she had a crippling experience on the night she arrived at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale to kick off her cook-a-thon attempt.

Photos of Chef Faila Abdul-Razak.
Chef Faila recalls chilling experience on the night before GWR cook-a-thon attempt. Photo credit: Kwame Dadzie/@FailaAbdulRazak (X).
Source: Facebook

During a press conference after the nearly 10-day cooking marathon, she recounted that she had a near-paralysing experience, which took the Grace of God and her medical team to revive her.

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Chef Faila described the encounter as terrible because the experience left her motionless and her team confused.

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''It took the grace of God to wake me up because I couldn't get up. I couldn't open my eyes, I couldn't lift my hand, I couldn't lift my legs,'' she recalled.

How Faila regained strength

Chef Faila recounted that she was not sick when she arrived at the hotel but suddenly became immobile as she settled into one of the rooms.

The daring culinary artist credited God and her medical team with helping her regain the strength to embark on the cooking journey.

Watch her video below:

How netizens reacted to her video

People took to the comments section of a post made by Ghanaian journalist Kwame Dadzie to share their thoughts.

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Mic Yamoah reiterated:

"It took Grace to wake me up." You see the power of Grace? Samuel Atuobi Baah over to you!

Nene Narh commented:

Denying yourself of sleep for days has its effect; it's not a spiritual matter. Sleep deficiency can interfere with work, school, driving, and social functioning. You might need help learning, focusing, and reacting. Also, you might find it ha.

James Quophy Wumenu reacted:

This could be anxiety or panic attacks, and this is normal for someone who intends to embark on such a major project. In Ghana, we are quick to attribute things to spiritual forces. If it was spiritual, how come the medical team managed to deal with.

Obofour Raphael

Bro, you no dey believe say bribi wo wiase anaa? Wait till your skin go bab you… this world we are living no be free like that oo. Especially being an African massa!!!! Stay firm

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Hajia Lamy Gates commented:

We thank Grace!

Chef Failatu Abdul Razak cries as the chief of staff supports her cook-a-thon attempt

Relatedly, reported that Chef Failatu Abdul Razak was emotional when the Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare showed up at her cook-a-thon to support her.

The culinary has unofficially broken the current Guinness World Record for the most prolonged cooking by an individual, a feat held by Irish Chef Alan Fisher, who cooked for 119 hours and 54 minutes.

She completed her cook-a-thon attempt with 227 hours, also surpassing Nigerian Hilda Baci's 93-hour and 11-minute record.

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Nathaniel Crabbe (Human-Interest editor) Nathaniel Crabbe is a journalist and editor with a degree in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he graduated in 2015. He earned his master's from UPSA in December 2023. Before becoming an editor/writer of political/entertainment and human interest stories at Asaase Radio, Crabbe was a news reporter at TV3 Ghana. With experience spanning over ten years, he now works at as a human interest editor. You can reach him via

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