Nigerian Olubayode Treasures-Olawunmi has set a new Guinness Record for “Longest Marathon Read Aloud” Category.
Bayode, father of three kids, logged 120 hours at 15.30 today at the YouRead Library, Yaba in Lagos, beating the previous record set by Nepali Deepak Sharma Bajagain.
Bajaan attained the feat in 2008 after he read a total of 17 books in 113 hours and 15 minutes.
Another Nepalese, Tudikhel Ground tied the record.
Bajagain’s book reading began on September 19 and ended on September 24, 2008.
He recited 17 different books from 13 authors during his record attempt including Toni Kan’s The Carnivorous City; Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s Independence; Leye Adenle’s Easy Motion Tourist, Elnathan John’s Born on a Tuesday amongst many others.
Today, 1st March, has been set aside by UNESCO as the World Book Day and it is the 3rd day of his marathon attempt, he has done over 72hours of reading.
Bayode began reading at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 26, 2018 and ended it 15.30 on Saturday.
He announced the record on his Facebook page, saying:
“Hello everybody, something just happened right now! My name is Bayode Treasures Olubunmi(Olawunmi) – I have just finished reading aloud for 120 hours non-stop!
I did it for the CULTURE!”.
Bayode studied at Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and Comprehensive High School, Ketu in Lagos.
“I have always loved to read good materials right from when I was in secondary school. I am doing this for the youths,” he wrote on twitter, before he began the record setting reading marathon.