Nigerian Man Breaks GWR for 145 Hours Reading Aloud Marathon
John Obot, a native of Akwa Ibom State and another Nigerian, has completed his official 145-hour attempt for the longest marathon reading aloud in the Guinness Book of Records.
He began on September 9, with the 145-hour mark, Obot has surpassed the 124-hour record set by the former holder of the title, an Indian, Rysbai Isakov.
“The Akwa Ibom First Lady Patience Eno, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Ini Ememobong, a House of Representatives member from the state, Clement Jimbo, and the Chairperson of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in the state, Amos Etuk, are among the dignitaries who visited the hotel to witness the reading,” as seen in the Nigerian news publication, Premiumtimes.
On Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at Cityview Hall (the Letters House) at Watbridge Hotels & Suites in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, about 1 p.m., Obot began reading again after some technical difficulties with equipment/power failures rendered his first attempt ineffective.
Obot announced that he would keep reading till 10 p.m. today (Monday) after surpassing the 145-hour mark and thanked everyone in attendance for their support.
The marathoner’s followers and admirers filled the arena for the occasion, and after he reached 144 hours, 59 minutes, and 34 seconds, he began a countdown for the reader.
The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Enobong Uwah, the Commissioner of Education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebiet, and the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Umo Eno on Media, Mr. Anietie Usen were all in attendance at the “Readmania” event to support the marathoner.
The Uyo Book Club, established by Dr. Udeme Nana, Chief Programme Director, Readmania Team, provided assistance for the reading marathon.
John Obot, a teacher, is the son of the late journalist Mr. John Obot, who passed away while working as the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria’s (FRCN) Akwa Ibom State Correspondent.
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