In a remarkable display of determination and a commitment to inspire positive change, 24-year-old Christopher Olusa, a post-graduate student at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), is poised to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the “Longest Speech Marathon” by speaking non-stop for an astonishing 120 hours. This ambitious endeavor aims to surpass the existing record of 90 hours and 2 minutes set by Ananta Ram KC of Nepal in 2018.
Mr. Olusa’s journey to this unparalleled feat began with nearly a week of silence as part of his preparation for the speech marathon, which he plans to initiate on September 11, 2023, at the Dejavu Hotel in Akure. Addressing journalists in Akure on Thursday, he proudly announced that he had secured approval from GWR to challenge the current record holder, Mr. Ram.
An advocate for positive change in society through his #TalkWithTheDuke platform, Mr. Olusa expressed his physical and mental readiness for the monumental challenge, stating, “Our speech marathon is not just another event; it is a testament to human determination and the unyielding power of words. Over the course of five days, we will embark on a journey of enlightenment, as I read speeches from inspirational figures spanning the annals of history.”
Emphasizing his commitment to using words to find solutions, Mr. Olusa noted that he would draw inspiration from both past and present leaders to achieve success in this new endeavor. He revealed that he had undergone rigorous physical mock trials in preparation for the speech-a-thon record.
Mr. Olusa also appealed for support from private individuals, government entities, and sponsors to continue his mission, as funds raised during the marathon will be dedicated to training children with Aphasia, a brain disorder that affects speech and comprehension.
This audacious attempt comes on the heels of a warning from GWR to Nigerians to exercise caution with excessive and unnecessary record-breaking challenges. Following Hilda Baci’s successful cook-a-thon, Nigeria has witnessed a surge in attempts to secure the world-acclaimed certificate, including Chef Dammy’s controversial cook-a-thon and smile-a-thon challenge.
As Christopher Olusa sets his sights on the Guinness World Record, the world watches in anticipation, eager to witness this extraordinary feat that combines resilience, dedication, and the power of words to drive positive change in society.