Ghanaian singer and entrepreneur Afua Asantewaa Aduonum has achieved a remarkable feat by completing her attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest singing marathon by an individual. The five-day event concluded on 29th December at the Akwaaba Village in Accra, with Aduonum singing for an impressive 126 hours and 52 minutes.
Expressing her gratitude and acknowledging the support she received, Aduonum stated, “This is where I end my journey. We broke a record and set a new one. It was your love, dedication, motivation, and prayers that gave me the strength to get on my feet every time and keep going for this long. It wouldn’t have been possible without you! Thank you, everyone. Thank you, Ghana!”
Aduonum’s ambitious goal was to surpass the current record held by Sunil Waghmare of India, who achieved the feat in Nagpur from 3rd to 7th March 2012. Her aim was to sing for more than 117 hours and perform over 3,200 Ghanaian songs across various genres.
Throughout her endeavor, Aduonum received significant support from various quarters, including renowned local popstars such as Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Cina Soul, and Efya, among others. Additionally, respected dignitaries, including Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and the Lebanese ambassador to Ghana, H.E Mr. Maher Kheir, were in attendance to show their support.
Following the conclusion of the singathon, Aduonum and her team are set to submit evidence to the Guinness World Records for evaluation.
Aduonum’s remarkable achievement adds to the list of African acts who have secured Guinness World Records, including Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, Wizkid, and Rema. Fela Kuti, the late Afrobeat pioneer, holds the record for the most studio album recordings (46), while Wizkid achieved the first track to hit one billion streams on Spotify with ‘One Dance’. Rema also entered the records with ‘Calm Down,’ becoming the first №1 hit on The Official MENA Chart.