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Things you need to know about 15 Nigerians holding Guinness World Records


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Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth, has been making a significant and remarkably impressive performance on the global stage, ranging from science, technology, sport, diplomacy, and other relevant human endeavors.

The country and its citizens take pride in their diverse talents and achievements at different international awards. Nigerians have been inscribing their names in numerous competitions within the regional block, Africa, and the world at large.

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Recently, one of its sons joined the league of prominent Nigerians who’ve etched their names in the prestigious Guinness World Records.

These holders range from people who made it through extraordinary athletic feats to remarkable cultural contributions. Here’s a comprehensive guide to some of the Nigerians who have made their names in the Guinness Book of World Records:

Fela Kuti

The legendary musician Fela Kuti holds a Guinness World Record for recording 46 albums during his illustrious solo career spanning 23 years.

Adeoye Ajibola

At the Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, Ajibola set a record by running the men’s 100 meters in an impressive 10.72 seconds.

The family of David Omueya Dafinone

Senator David Omueya Dafinone’s family holds the record for the largest number of family members in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


Renowned dancer and choreographer Kaffy set the record for the “Longest Dance Party” at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006.

Yakubu Adesokan

Adesokan lifted an impressive 180 kg in the men’s 48 kg powerlifting competition at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

Joy Onaolapo

Onaolapo clinched a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012 with a remarkable lift of 131 kg in the women’s 52 kg division.


British-born rapper Modenine holds nine Headies awards for his outstanding contributions to Nigerian music.

Stephen Keshi

Keshi is the youngest person to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and as a coach, achieving this feat at the age of 52.

Mfon Udoh

Udoh scored an impressive 23 goals for Enyimba in the Nigerian Premier League in the 2013–14 season.

Tuedon Morgan

Morgan holds the record for the fastest time to run a half marathon on each continent and the North Pole (female).

Lauritta Onye

Onye achieved the farthest shot put by a female F40 athlete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Lucy Ejike

Ejike holds the record for the heaviest powerlift for a 61 kg female athlete.

Flora Ugwunwa

Ugwunwa set the record for the farthest female F54 javelin throw.


The track “One Dance” by Drake, featuring Wizkid, was the first to reach one billion streams on Spotify.

Tunde Onakoya

The latest addition to the list, Onakoya, set the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon, showcasing Nigeria’s prowess in the game of strategy.

Nigeria’s presence in the Guinness World Records has showcased their commitment, resilience, creativity, and determination to pursue goals seamlessly, which reflects the nation’s rich cultural diversity, talent, and accomplishment across areas of human expertise.

These records stand as proof to the world of Nigeria’s zeal and exceptional capacity to attract the best out of everything they pursue.


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