Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum, the renowned Ghanaian women’s rights advocate, journalist, and event organizer, has concluded her remarkable Guinness World Record attempt for the longest singing marathon. Her singing marathon, which commenced at midnight on December 24, 2023, lasted an astounding 126 hours and 52 minutes, captivating the nation and potentially surpassing the existing record set in 2012.
Despite awaiting official verification from Guinness World Record judges, Asantewaa’s exceptional effort is anticipated to have eclipsed the previous record set by India’s Sunil Waghmare. The singing marathon was initially scheduled to end on December 27, 2023, but Asantewaa extended it to accommodate potential deductions by judges for breaks.
Addressing her supporters after the marathon, Asantewaa, who lost track of time during the five-day endeavor, expressed gratitude for the widespread support from musicians, politicians, and security officials at the Akwaaba Village. She hopes her achievement will serve as inspiration, particularly for women and youth across the country.
The medical team, led by Dr. Grace Buckman, praised Asantewaa’s endurance but, prioritizing her health, recommended an earlier conclusion. Dr. Buckman stated, “As a medical team, her health is our topmost priority. We would have loved for her to go till 12 midday, but at this point, we want to put a hold to it and protect Afua as much as we can.”
Asantewaa plans to host an all-white thanksgiving event at 6 pm at the Akwaaba Village to express her appreciation for the support received during this extraordinary journey.
The nation eagerly awaits the official confirmation of Asantewaa’s remarkable feat, which symbolizes not just an individual accomplishment but also a triumph of endurance and an inspiration for generations to come.