Many of Tonye Solomon’s countrymen questioned the veracity of his account when he claimed to have traveled 60 kilometres (37 mi) through Bayelsa State, Nigeria, while carrying a football on his head from Amassoma to Yenagoa.
Tonye made the decision to set a Guinness World Record for the most ladder steps climbed while holding a football on his head in order to disprove their claims.
Last month, he accomplished the baffling feat by ascending 150 stairs to the top of a 250-foot (76-metre) tall radio pole while deftly maintaining control of the ball on his head.
The purpose of setting this record, according to Tonye, was to push himself and “inspire others to do great things.”
He prepared for it for two months, using all of his free time to practice until he was certain he would succeed.
Tonye was undaunted by the steep slope during the record attempt, finishing the climb in just 12 and a half minutes.
“I was astonished because it’s never been done by anyone before,” said Fish Jombo, a radio presenter who was part of the large crowd which gathered to watch the record attempt.
Tonye climbed all 150 steps, flung the ball down, and raised his fist in joy.
“It wasn’t easy,” he said. “I thank the Nigerian Civil Defense Bayelsa State Command for allowing me use their facility for this.”
Tonye is a student at the Chukwuebuka Freestyle Academy, which is directed by Chukwuebuka Ezugha and has given birth to a number of world-class performers, including Kid Eche, Vincent Okezie, Victor Richard Kipo, and Confidence Kipo.
Some of the Guinness World Records they have broken include: