Christopher Bayode Olusa, a 24-year-old Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) alumnus, has surpassed the existing Guiness World Record for the longest speech marathon by an individual.
According to the Guinness World Records, the longest speech marathon is 90 hours and 2 minutes, achieved by Ananta Ram KC (Nepal) in Kathmandu, Nepal from 27 to 31 August 2018.
Olusa obtained an approval from Guinness World Records, and had disclosed that he is set to break Ananta Ram’s Guinness World Record for the longest speech marathon of 90 hr and 2 min.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the young graduate said he is attempting to set aside the record with a 120-hour (Five days) word-to-word speech.
The FUTA postgraduate student said, “The genesis of this remarkable endeavour was born from an unwavering commitment to inspire positive change in the society.
“I had sought and got the approval from GWR and the event is scheduled for 11- 15 September 2023 in Akure the Ondo State capital.
“Dejavu Hotel, Akure has been chosen as the venue for the momentous occasion and will be rounded off on the 11th of September, 2023.”
Olusa further explained that the upcoming Speech Marathon is an event that embodies the very essence of transformation and inspiration.
His words: “I am Christopher Olusa, and I stand before you today as a young Nigerian with an unwavering passion for change. As a proud alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, I have consistently strived to make a positive impact on society, as the owner of the #TalkWithTheDuke platform which has been a platform for advocacy, engagement, and innovation.
“My journey has been one marked by dedication to the cause of change and the relentless pursuit of knowledge. It is with this same spirit that I bring you today’s announcement regarding the upcoming Speech Marathon, an event that embodies the very essence of transformation and inspiration.
“The genesis of this remarkable endeavour was born from an unwavering commitment to inspire positive change in our society. It is about transcending boundaries, shattering limits, and aspiring towards something extraordinary.
“I am overjoyed to announce that our unwavering dedication has borne fruit, as Guinness World Records has granted us their esteemed approval for what promises to be an unprecedented feat,” he said.
See photos from the marathon event below: