The Guinness World Records (GWR) has disclosed that they have received approximately 1,500 applications from Nigerians.
According to the body, the recent surge in record-breaking attempts came after Nigerian chef, Hilda Baci clinched the award for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
The record body said that the attention and excitement that Hilda Baci’s cooking marathon gained was certainly an incentive for many Nigerians to consider attempting a Guinness World Records title.
“Since her record attempt, there has been a spike in applications from Nigeria, particularly for marathon records.”
“We have received over 1,500 record applications from Nigeria since the start of May.”
Baci had in May challenged the record of 87 hours 45 minutes previously set by Lata Tondon, pulling off a 100-hour attempt.
Following days of vetting by GWR, Baci was certified to have set a 93-hour record.
Shortly after Baci’s feat, Damilola Adeparusi, another chef, started her cooking marathon for a five-day stint.
Then came Adeyeye Adeola who also attempted to upturn Baci’s record in a 150-hour spell.
Also joining the fray, Temitope Adebayo, an Ibadan-based chef, went public with his intention to cook for more than 120 hours.
It also came as a shock to many when Hassan Joshua Bature, a computer science lecturer at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), announced plans to embark on 150-hour teaching marathon.
Morenikeji, an hair stylist also kick-started braiding for over 100 hours in her hair-a-thon challenge.