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BY Mildred Europa Taylor, 1:35pm June 15, 2023,

Besides Hilda Baci, these 9 Nigerian women are also Guinness World Record holders

Nigerian chef Hilda Baci. Photo: AP

This week, Guinness World Records officially awarded Nigerian chef Hilda Bassey the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual) after attaining a time of 93 hours 11 minutes. The chef, who is also known as Hilda Baci, went viral across social media in May when she attempted to break the record that India’s Lata Tondon previously held.

The Indian set the initial record of 87 hours 45 minutes in 2019. 26-year-old Baci spent four days (May 11 to May 15) in the kitchen preparing over 100 pots of food, the organization said on Tuesday. Since its inception in 1955, the Guinness Book of World Records has served as a definitive source for vetting human records and achievements, and many people today are actively looking to have their names entered into the record book.

Apart from Baci, the following Nigerian women have also made the list of Guinness World Record holders with incredible feats: 

Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau 

Popularly known by her stage name Kaffy, the Nigerian dancer, dance instructor, fitness coach and choreographer broke the Guinness World Record for “Longest Dance Party” at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006. Kaffy and her group danced for 55 hours and 40 minutes.

Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor 

The athlete broke the record for making the most appearances in the IAAF’s Diamond League Meetings. The certificate reads: “The most appearances in Diamond League meetings by an athlete is 67 and was achieved by Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) between 3 July 2010 and 31 August 2018”.

Odumewu Debbie

Also known as Pinki Debbie, the Nigerian dancer and choreographer broke the Guinness World record for “the longest dancing marathon by an individual”. She was 22 when she broke the record in 2017, dancing for 150 hours straight.

Oyinka Asu-Johnson

The Nigerian Disc Jockey professionally known as DJ Yin broke the record for the longest Dj set in October 2021. DJ Yin broke the record by operating her set for 243 hours, 30 minutes, at The Grill by Yanna, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Lucy Ejike

The heaviest power lift for a -61 kg female athlete is 142 kg, and that went to Ejike at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in 2016. Her lift of 127.5 kg in the women’s -44 kg division has also stood since September 20, 2004, when she won gold at the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Bose Omolayo

In 2021, Omolayo earned a Guinness World Record for the heaviest para power lift by a female in the -79 kg category at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. The heaviest para powerlift by a female in the -79 kg category is 144 kg (317 lb 7 oz).

Lauritta Onye

The farthest shot put by a female F40 athlete is 8.40 m, achieved by Onye at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 11, 2016.

Folashade Oluwafemiayo

The heaviest powerlift by a female in the -86 kg category is 152.5 kg (336 lb 3 oz). Folashade Oluwafemiayo achieved it at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, on December 3, 2021. According to Guinness World Records, she improved the world record four times in 2021.

Flora Ugwunwa

The farthest female F54 javelin throw is 20.25 meters, and it was achieved by Ugwunwa on September 13, 2016.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: June 15, 2023


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