Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum, the Ghanaian women’s rights champion, journalist, and event organizer who enthralled the country with her 126-hour-and-52-minute singing marathon Guinness World Record attempt, has completed her mission.
While verification from Guinness World mark judges is pending, Asantewaa’s effort is thought to have greatly eclipsed the previous mark established in 2012 by India’s Sunil Waghmare.
The marathon began at midnight on December 24, 2023 and ended early on December 29, 2023.
Asantewaa told her followers after seeking medical assistance behind a screen onstage that she had lost track of time throughout the five-day journey.
Asantewaa expressed thanks for the support she got from artists, lawmakers, and security officials at the Akwaaba Village in Accra, saying she hoped the success would encourage women and youth across the country.
“On behalf of my husband, my family, my team, volunteers, media, Ghana Tourism Authority, I will like to say a big thank you to each and everyone who participated in this singathon attempt,” Asantewaa said.
“This was a mere dream that was visualised in just a period of five days, I say just because I don’t even remember how it started not to talk of how it ended”.
“We hope and believe that this will be an inspiration to all women and all youth or individuals to come out of your comfort zone and try new opportunities. There is a lot out there to do when you put your mind to it you will achieve it”.
Tonight, she will host an all-white thanksgiving event at 6 pm at the same venue.
Asantewaa’s Singathon was originally scheduled for December 24-27, 2023. She did, however, prolong it to accommodate for probable reductions in her time for Guinness World Record judges. Dr. Grace Buckman, who headed Asantewaa’s medical team, praised her efforts and expressed how impressed the team was by her endurance.
Dr. Buckman had intended for the sing-a-thon to end at noon today, but owing to exhaustion and the importance of Asantewaa’s health, he decided to end it early.
She stated, “However, there is only so far you can go as a person… She has done 126 hours and let’s give her a round of applause. She has done so well and we are all proud of her, she has put Ghana out there and made the music industry proud.
“However, we have gotten to the point where as a medical team, her health is our topmost priority and we need to make sure that she is fine. We would have loved for her to probably go till 12 midday but at this point as a medical team, we want to put a hold to it and protect Afua as much as we can, fatigue has set in and all that. From now, we would work on her to make sure she is fine and will bounce back again and address all of us”.