Breaking records is not a matter of luck; it’s a result of relentless effort and unwavering dedication.
Hilda Baci’s groundbreaking feat, of breaking and setting a new Guinness world record for the longest time spent cooking, presents an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with other notable Nigerian women who have left an indelible mark in record-breaking history.
Nigeria, a land filled with incredible talent and resilience, has produced numerous individuals who have etched their names in history.
Among them are remarkable women who have defied the odds, shattered stereotypes, and made their mark.
From sports to arts, science to entertainment, these trailblazing Nigerian women have achieved extraordinary feats that inspire generations.
Joy Onaolapo – the weightlifter
The Paralympic Games witnessed an awe-inspiring moment of triumph on September 1, 2012, in the bustling metropolis of London, UK, as Nigeria’s very own Joy Onaolapo captured the famous gold medal in the women’s -52kg weightlifting division.
Joy shocked the world with her pure dedication and unrelenting passion as she flawlessly accomplished a spectacular lift of 131 kg, confirming her place among the best competitors in the Paralympic field.
Blessing Okagbare – the queen of track and field
Blessing Okagbare holds the record for the most appearances in the final of the long jump event at the World Athletics Championships.
Her exceptional talent, speed, and grace on the track have earned her numerous accolades, making her a true icon in Nigerian sports history.
Odumewu Debbie Sunmisola – the record-breaking dancer
On November 24, 2017, Odumewu Debbie, popularly known as Pinki Debbie, made history by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest dancing marathon by an individual.
The talented dancer, choreographer, aspiring actress, and presenter surpassed the previous record set by an Indian woman, Kalamandalam Hemaletha, who danced for 123 hours and 15 minutes.
While she fell short of her goal of dancing for 150 hours (7 days), Debbie accomplished an impressive feat by dancing continuously for 137 hours, which is nearly 6 days.
Tuedon Omatsola Morgan – the half-marathon champion
Tuedon Omatsola Morgan, a remarkable Nigerian-British woman, etched her name in the Guinness World Records by accomplishing the fastest time to complete a half-marathon on each continent and the North Pole.
This awe-inspiring feat was achieved in an astonishing 62 days, 12 hours, 58 minutes, and 49 seconds when she was 42 years old.
What makes Tuedon’s achievement even more remarkable is that she embarked on this extraordinary journey while balancing the responsibilities of being a loving wife and a mother to four children.
Her burning desire to transform her unhealthy lifestyle ignited her determination to push boundaries and conquer seemingly insurmountable challenges.