Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey popularly known as Hilda Baci, is attempting to break the Guinness world record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
The cook-a-thon held in Lagos, which is set to last for 90 hours, started on Thursday, May 11 and will end today, Sunday, May 14.
The Guinness Book of Records, often known as the Guinness World Records, is a reference book that contains human and natural world records.
It was first published in 1955 by the Guinness Brewery in Ireland and has since become one of the world’s most well-known and frequently read reference books.
The records include a wide range, from the world’s largest and smallest things, to the quickest and slowest, to the most weird and unusual accomplishments.
Individuals or groups must submit proof to the Guinness World Records team and go through a verification process to qualify for a world record listing. When a record is validated, it is put into the book and becomes an official world record.
Nigerians who have made it to the list of those in the Guinness World Records include Stephen Keshi, Vincent Okezie, Fela Kuti, Blessing Okagbere, and Wizkid.
Earlier this year in February, a 16-year-old Nigerian senior secondary school student, Gbenga Ezekiel, made it to the Guinness World Record for the most skips in a minute on one leg.
Similarly, 23 years old Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, made it to the Guinness World Records with his hit song ‘Calm Down’ earlier this month.
The last record of the longest cooking marathon (individual) is 87 hours 45 minutes and was achieved by Lata Tondon, an Indian, in Rewa, India, on September 7, 2019.
Baci could well break that record as she had already done over 64 hours and is hoping to reach the 90 hours set for the cook-a-thon. She’s being cheered and supported by Nigerians, both online and at the venue.
Guinness World Records has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring many people to set their own world records.