Legendary Nigerians in the Guinness Book of World Records

Nigeria, a country known for its vibrant culture and diverse talents, continues to make waves globally. Several Nigerians have broken boundaries, setting and smashing world records. Let’s take a tour of the exceptional Nigerians who have etched their names in the prestigious Guinness World Records.

1. Fela Kuti: The Melodious Maestro

The legendary Fela Kuti is one of the most prominent faces in the realm of Afrobeat music. He holds the Guinness World Record for the highest number of studio album recordings. In his illustrious career spanning over 23 years, Fela Kuti released a staggering 46 albums, an achievement that remains unmatched.

2. Ayo Balogun (Wizkid): The Streaming Sensation

Ayo Balogun, widely known as Wizkid, etched his name in the Guinness World Records as the first artist to hit a billion streams on Spotify. This milestone was achieved through his collaboration with Drake and Kyla on the track ‘One Dance’, which took the world by storm in 2016.

3. Bose Omolayo: The Powerlifting Prodigy

In the realm of athletics, Bose Omolayo has taken powerlifting to new heights. In 2021, she clinched the Guinness World Record for the heaviest para power lift by a woman in the -79 kg category. Lifting an impressive 144 kg, Bose Omolayo showcased her grit and determination, inspiring many around the globe.

4. Divine Ikubor (Rema): The Chartbuster

Popularly known as Rema, Divine Ikubor made history by becoming the first artist to top the Middle Eastern and North Africa (MENA) charts. His track ‘Calm Down’ proved his exceptional talent and global appeal, earning him a spot in the Guinness World Records.

5. Paul Kehinde: The Paralympic Phenomenon

Paul Kehinde, a Nigerian para powerlifter, showcased his remarkable strength by lifting a record-breaking 221 kg in the -65 kg category in December 2018. This feat earned him a place in the Guinness World Records, highlighting his unwavering determination and pursuit of excellence.

6. Stephen Keshi: The Football Icon

Nigeria’s football legend, Stephen Keshi, holds a Guinness World Record as the youngest person to clinch the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and as a coach. His achievements are a testament to his immense contributions to Nigerian football.

7. Chinonso Eche: The Football Wunderkind

Chinonso Eche, nicknamed “Amazing Kid Eche,” is a young Nigerian who’s made a name for himself in the Guinness World Records. His record includes the most football headers in a prone position in one minute, a feat that reflects his exceptional skills and dedication.

8. Haruna Abdulazeez: The Football Stylist

Haruna Abdulazeez set a unique record for the most American football touches with the feet in one minute in October 2021. You can learn more about his record here.

9. Bayo Omoboriowo: The Lens Genius

Bayo Omoboriowo, a renowned Nigerian photographer, holds the Guinness World Record for organizing the largest photography class. In December 2017, he orchestrated a class with a whopping 2,000 participants in Lagos, Nigeria, showcasing his passion for photography and his ability to unite people through this medium.

10. Mfon Udoh: The Scoring Machine

Mfon Udoh, a Nigerian professional footballer, set a Guinness World Record for the most goals scored in a single season in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). During the 2013-2014 season, Udoh displayed his prodigious skills by netting an astonishing 23 goals while playing for Enyimba International.

Other Nigerians in the Guinness World Records include Hilda Baci, Gbenga Ezekiel, Victor Richard Kipo, Kaffy, and many more. Their achievements serve as a testament to the undeniable potential and boundless possibilities within the Nigerian people. Let’s celebrate these trailblazers as they inspire future generations to dream big and reach for greatness.

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