Guinness World Record: Nigerian Marathon Reader Surpasses 145-Hour Reading Challenge

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Nigerian educator John Obot has achieved his ambitious 145-hour reading goal, overcoming initial technical setbacks during his marathon reading session.

This remarkable feat was reached at exactly 2 p.m. as he passionately delved into “Echoes of the Traditional Society” by Akpandem James, a celebrated author and former managing editor of the Daily Independent newspaper.

The book elegantly explores the rich cultural tapestry of Nigeria’s Eastern Region, offering a captivating insight into its unique traditions.

Mr. Obot, a dedicated teacher from Akwa Ibom State, embarked on this extraordinary reading journey nine days prior, commencing on September 9.

The audience, captivated by his determination, erupted into cheers and applause as the displayed timing device unmistakably confirmed his accomplishment.

Dignitaries and book enthusiasts in attendance, including Enobong Uwah, the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, and Ekong Sampson, the senator representing Akwa Ibom South District, celebrated this remarkable achievement with Mr. Obot.

Udeme Nana, the founder of the Uyo Book Club and the chief program director for the reading exercise, led the enthusiastic audience in commemorating this monumental literary event.

Mr. Obot’s enthusiasm and dedication persisted, even after the official timing marked 145 hours. With plans to conclude by 10 p.m. that night, he remained resolute in his mission.

Pending certification by the Guinness World Records, Mr. Obot is poised to surpass the previous record of 124 hours set by Kyrgyzstani Rysbai Isakov in Bursa, Turkey, in September 2022.

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