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Nigerian Man Attempts to Break World Record for Longest Marathon Reading Aloud

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Nigerian Man Attempts to Break World Record for Longest Marathon Reading Aloud
A Nigerian man, John Obot, is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon reading aloud. He has already surpassed 50 hours and aims to reach 145 hours, beating the previous record of 124 hours. Mr Obot, a professional teacher, is reading from various Nigerian literature books. This feat aims to draw attention to the declining reading culture among Nigerian youths and encourage authors to continue writing.

A Nigerian man, John Obot, from Akwa Ibom State in South-south Nigeria, is currently attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon reading aloud. Since starting on September 9th, Mr Obot has already surpassed 50 hours as of Monday night, and he aims to continue reading for a total of 145 hours until September 17th.

Mr Obot, a professional teacher, has set up his reading marathon in a small hall within a hotel in Uyo. Visitors have been stopping by to show their support and solidarity throughout his endeavor.

The reading materials are primarily Nigerian literature books, showcasing the rich literary tradition of the country. Some of the books Mr Obot has read aloud so far include "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe, "Civil War Child" by Nestor Udoh, "Eze Goes to School" by Michael Crowder and Onuora Nzekwu, and "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.

Among the dignitaries who have visited the hotel to witness the reading are the Akwa Ibom First Lady Patience Eno, the state's Commissioner for Information Ini Ememobong, House of Representatives member Clement Jimbo, and the Chairperson of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in the state Amos Etuk.

The significance of this marathon reading goes beyond breaking a world record. Mr Obot aims to draw attention to the fast declining reading culture among Nigerian youths, emphasizing the importance of reading and encouraging authors to continue their art of writing.

"In Ibibio culture, when a man dies, his wife is expected to mourn him for three months; the mourning period could extend to six months if the man was a prominent man, like a chief," Mr Obot read from the book "Ibibio Nation: History and Culture" by Oto-Obong Uwah, highlighting the cultural and historical references in his reading choices.

This audacious attempt by John Obot follows in the footsteps of other Nigerians who have made efforts to set or break world records. Hilda Baci, the Nigerian chef, recently achieved a new world record for the longest cooking marathon, inspiring many Nigerian youths to pursue their own records.

However, it is not without challenges. Vincent Okezie, a 15-year-old secondary school student who set four Guinness World Records in 2022, expressed his feelings of being rejected and unrecognized by his own country. He highlighted the discrepancy in how his achievements were celebrated compared to female record-breakers like Hilda Baci.

John Obot's attempt to break the world record for the longest marathon reading aloud is a testament to the passion for knowledge and the power of literature. It serves as a reminder of the value of reading and the need to foster a culture of reading among Nigerian youths.

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