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10 Nigerian Women on the List of Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records officially awarded Nigerian chef Hilda Bassey the record for the longest cooking marathon (person) this week after she completed it in 93 hours and 11 minutes. The cook, also known as Hilda Baci, became famous on social media in May when she sought to break the record previously held by India’s Lata Tondon.

In 2019, the Indian set the first record of 87 hours 45 minutes. Baci, 26, spent four days (May 11-15) in the kitchen preparing almost 100 pots of meals, according to the charity on Tuesday. The Guinness Book of World feats has acted as an authoritative source for evaluating human feats and achievements since its debut in 1955, and many people today actively want to have their names added into the record book.

Apart from Baci, the following Nigerian women have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and entered the list of Guinness World Record holders:

Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau

Kaffy, a Nigerian dancer, dance instructor, fitness coach, and choreographer, set the Guinness World Record for “Longest Dance Party” at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006. Kaffy and her friends danced for a total of 55 hours and 40 minutes.


Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor

The athlete set a new record for the most appearances in IAAF Diamond League Meetings. “The most appearances in Diamond League meetings by an athlete is 67, and Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) achieved this between 3 July 2010 and 31 August 2018.”


Odumewu Debbie

The Nigerian dancer and choreographer, also known as Pinki Debbie, broke the Guinness World Record for “the longest dancing marathon by an individual.” In 2017, she was 22 years old when she smashed the record by dancing for 150 hours straight.


Oyinka Asu-Johnson

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


Lucy Ejike

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 05: Lucy Ejike of Nigeria celebrates with her Gold medal after winning the Women’s Up to 61Kg Group A Category as part of the World Para Powerlifting Championship Mexico 2017 at the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium on December 5, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

The heaviest power lift for a female competitor weighing -61 kg is 142 kg, which Ejike achieved at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in 2016. Her -44 kg lift of 127.5 kg has also stood since September 20, 2004, when she won gold at the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.


Bose Omolayo

At the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, Omolayo set a Guinness World Record for the heaviest para power lift by a girl in the -79 kg category in 2021. In the -79 kg category, the biggest para powerlift by a girl 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

In the -86 kg category, the biggest powerlift by a girl is 152.5 kg (336 lb 3 oz). Folashade Oluwafemiayo achieved it on December 3, 2021, at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. She broke the world record four times in 2021, according to Guinness World Records.


Flora Ugwunwa

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

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