The Guinness Book of Records was first published in 1955. It is a document of groundbreaking records set by individuals across the world.
In 1999, it was re-christened the Guinness World Records.
Europeans, Americans and Asians have dominated the Guinness World Records over the years. It’s really hard to think of Nigerians as world record breakers given the negative impression the country has globally.
But the truth is Nigerians have defied odds to go all out to do extraordinary things to make the nation proud. This article shall list the top 10 Nigerians in the Guinness Book of Records in reverse order.
Top 10 Nigerians in Guinness Book of Records
10. Mfoh Udoh
Mfoh Udoh became the first player to score 23 goals in the Nigerian Premier League in a single season. Udoh made this remarkable achievement in 2013–14, which also doubles as his first season as an Enyimba player after transferring from Akwa United. He broke Jude Aneke’s 20 goals in the 2010–11 season.
9. David Omueya Dafinone
Senator David Omueya was a Nigerian chartered accountant and became a Guinness Book of Records holder after his five children also qualified as chartered accountants between 1986 to 1990. The entire family are members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. They are the only family in the world that has the highest number of chartered accountants.
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8. Obi Ajuonuma
Obi Ajuonuma popularly called DJ Obi went into the Guinness World Record for playing the longest ever DJ set. He made the remarkable achievement over a period of 240 hours at a café in Lagos, Nigeria. He broke the Guinness Book of Records in 2016.
7. Harrison Chinedu
Harrison Chinedu became a Guinness World Record holder after walking a total distance of 48.04 kilometres in 6 hours and 15 minutes with a ball on his head. He made this achievement on the 6th of March 2016. Chinedu is an international footballer and a professional athlete. His achievement means he is the only athlete in the world to perform the farthest distance walk with a ball on his head.
6. Olawunmi Treasures Bayode
Olawunmi Treasures Bayode set the new Guinness Record in the “Longest Marathon Reading Aloud” Category. The father of three kids logged 120 hours beating the previous record set by Nepali Deepak Sharma Bajagain who had 113 hours 15 minutes in 2008.
Bayode began reading at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 26, 2018, and finished by 3.30 on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The Osun State Polytechnic graduate said he loved reading right from when he was in secondary school. He said he decided to break the world record for the youths.
In December 2021, Bayode teamed up with four other Nigerians – Preciouslight Ukachi, Maryam Abba Sadu, Zainab Wakil Mohammed, and Doubra Yeri – and attempted to read for 480 hours in the “Longest Marathon Read Aloud by a Team” category. It was a bid to surpass the record of 365 hours and 39 seconds, set in the Dominican Republic in July 2001.
5. Haruna Abdulazeez
Haruna Abdulazeez is a 78- year-old Nigerian professional athlete. He has the most alternate hits with a tennis racket in one minute and most rugby ball touches with the feet in one minute in the male category. Abdulazeez also made the Guinness Book of Records with most American football touches with the feet in one minute. He made this achievement in Kano, Nigeria, on 1 October 2020. Abdulazeez still aims to be the top record holder in Africa.
Tuedon “Tee” Omatsola-Morgan, is a Nigerian ultramarathon runner. Born on April 3, 1973, in Warri, Delta State, Morgan is the first Nigerian woman to complete a marathon on the North Pole. She has two Guinness World Records – the fastest time for a woman to run a half marathon on each continent (10 days, 23 hours and 37 minutes) and the fastest time for a woman to run a half marathon on each continent and the north pole (62 days, 12 hours, 58 minutes and 49 seconds).
These two records were part of Morgan’s Triple 7 challenge where she attempted to run 7 half marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. But she was unable to complete it due to the severe weather conditions in Antarctica. Morgan has competed in over 73 marathons and 2 ultramarathons. She broke the world record in 2015.
3. Adetunwase Adenle
Adetunwase Adenle is a teacher of many talents who broke four different Guinness Book of World records. In fact, he is the only Nigerian with four different World Records. Adenle holds the record for the biggest painting painted by the largest number of people.
The painting measures about 63.5 meters and 49.3 meters and was done by 350 volunteers to represent the map of Nigeria. This record was achieved while he was teaching less privileged kids how to paint, draw and celebrate Nigeria at 50.
He also broke the record of the highest number of children reading together in one place at the same time. His aim was to encourage children to read. His next record was for the highest number of children washing their hands at the same time in different locations. This was done to teach children to wash their hands regularly to avoid germs that cause diseases.
The fourth record is for the world’s biggest post office stamp. This stamp was used to celebrate Lagos State at 50. Adenle said he will continue to break records to touch lives and make Nigeria better.
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Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, stage name Kaffy, is a Nigerian dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and fitness coach. Born on June 30, 1980, Kaffy began her dancing career when she was spotted at the National Stadium during dance rehearsals and workouts on weekends. Kaffy broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Dance Party at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006.
She danced for 52 hours and 3 minutes non-stop. Kaffy is regarded as the queen of breakdance, queen of choreography and all kinds of dance moves in Africa. She is the founder and owner of Imagneto Dance Company. The mother of two also created ‘The Dance Workshop ‘ in 2017. It was a dance convention which aimed to train and mentor professional dancers as well as promote cultural exchange within the Nigerian dance industry.
1. Stephen Keshi
Stephen Keshi was the Super Eagles Head Coach and a former footballer in the senior national team. During his playing career, he played as a defender and earned 60 caps for the Nigeria national team which made him the second-most capped Super Eagles player at his time.
He won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, as captain of his team. He was also the head coach of the Super Eagles that won the Africa Cup of Nations title in Johannesburg, South Africa in February 2013. Keshi made the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person to win AFCON as a player and a coach. He died on 7 June 2016 in Benin City, at the age of 54.
Nigeria may have a lot of problems, but the country has a lot of extraordinary citizens as well. So when someone tells you that Nigeria is corrupt and nothing good can come out of the country, point the person to these world record holders to shut them up.
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