IBADAN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has joined millions of Nigerians in congratulating Hilda Bassey Effiong aka Hilda Baci after she broke the record for the longest cooking marathon held by Indian chef Lara Tandon.
Chef Lata Tondon of India aka “Iron Lady” cooked for 87 hours and 45 minutes in 2019 surpassing the previous record by 20 hours.
Though Chef Hilda Baci has broken Chef Lara Tondon’s 87 hours, 45 minutes record, she has continued cooking as she intends to set a personal record of 96 hours. She will complete this at 4pm Nigerian time (16:00 GMT).
The Akwa Ibom indigene kick-started the competition on Thursday at exactly 4pm after she turned on her cooker.
The event, which is taking place at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos, is being live-streamed on YouTube, and several celebrities, including Nigerians who have defied the rain to cheer up the visibly tired chef up.
The restauranteur hit the three-day mark on Sunday as several attendees cheered in support.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Tinubu who had earlier shown support to the 27-year-old restauranteur, congratulated her for breaking the previous record.
He wrote: “I congratulate Hilda Effiong Bassey on her record-breaking achievement.
“It was a remarkable display of the Nigerian can-do attitude and the spirit of excellence that lies within.
“We are all deeply proud of her.”