Ghanaian journalist aims for Guinness World Record in Longest Singathon
Ghanaian journalist Afua Asantewaa Aduonum has secured approval from Guinness World Records (GWR) to undertake an ambitious singing marathon (singathon) lasting between 117 to 120 hours.
In her pursuit of the longest individual singathon, Mrs. Aduonum, a staunch advocate for women's empowerment, plans to focus exclusively on songs from Ghana, specifically celebrating Highlife, Hiplife, and Gospel genres.
Each song will be limited to a maximum of two minutes, with GWR regulations permitting song repetition only after a four-hour interval.
The current record, set in 2012 by Indian Sunil Waghmare, stands at 105 hours, a mark that Aduonum is determined to surpass. Scheduled for December, the singing marathon has already garnered significant support from Ghanaians on social media.
While some express skepticism about her ability to break the current record, others believe that with widespread backing from Ghanaians, she stands a chance of achieving success.
Mrs. Aduonum has fixed between December 24-27, 2023 for her world record attempt.
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 at 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, an iconic British reference book published annually since 1955, catalogues remarkable human achievements and natural extremes. Formerly 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.