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Guinness record holder, Olawunmi, gears up for 30 days reading contest







Mr Bayode Olawunmi, the 2018 Guinness Book of Record holder in Marathon Reading Aloud Contest, on Friday said he was gearing up for the July reading contest which would last for 30 days.

Olawunmi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that he would contest against six other Nigerians.

“I am optimistic that I will emerge the winner and retain the existing record again,” he said.

Olawunmi described the reading contest, held on Feb. 26 and March 3 2018, as harrowing because he was only given 2hrs break within 24 hours adding that the contest ran for five days.

“My experience during the 2018 Guinness record contest was horrible because my teeth was cutting my tongue several times, the pain was much and I was hallucinating, it was crazy.

“ In the course of the reading, I was made to read aloud and only given 2 hours within 24 hours when I can only eat, sleep and drink but not allowed to leave the premises of the contest.

“ I wish we have more Nigerians participating because it will also groom some other aspects of their intellect,” he said.

The Guinness record holder advised Nigerians to strive  towards achieving greatness in their chosen fields where their opportunities are limitless,  saying he had hankered after greatness and his quest paid him off as a world record holder.

“ I didn’t participate in the contest in order to be famous or rich but to tell the world that as Africans huge success can be achieved when greatness is pursued.

“ We should all crave for greatness, be problem solvers while we achieve what we want which are riches and fame.

“It is disheartening to know that our population is about 200 million people and only 4 individuals indicated interest in the 2018 context which I emerged the winner.

“ This is appalling, we should have like a thousand but we will find a good number of people indicating interest in music.

“ After the contest, many doors have opened  to  me and am enjoying it now,” he said. 



Ramadan: Malta Guinness, Muslim News distribute drinks to Lagos Muslims



Guinness Nigeria Plc, in partnership with Muslim News, on Wednesday distributed 12,000 bottles of its non-alcoholic malt drink, Malta Guinness, to fasting Muslims in Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution, which took place at different locations and mosques, put smiles on the faces of many fasting Muslims across the state.

Muslim News Publisher, Rasheed Abubakar, who coordinated the distribution, thanked the beverage conglomerate for giving out free Malta Guinness to fasting Muslims during Ramadan.

According to him, Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a period of intense religious and great charitable activities, especially to the indigent and vulnerable fasting Muslims.

“This year’s Ramadan is coming at a period the world is battling to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“As a reliable Muslim newspaper, we felt the need to do something different apart from our primary responsibility, which is the provision of fact-based Islamic news.

“First, we must stay stronger together as Nigerians, irrespective of religious persuasions, and stand collectively by following all the health and precautionary guidelines to bring an end to this pandemic.

“Then, there is the need to provide palliatives for indigent persons, particularly fasting Muslims, more importantly, as Ramadan itself is a period of giving,” he said.

Ishola Ishaq, one of the beneficiaries in Surulere, commended the gesture from Guinness Nigeria in collaboration with Muslim News, saying it was timely and apt, given the unusual times.

“Virtually everyone is in need during this Ramadan period observed under lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I appreciate them and pray that Allah will not deny them the reward,” Ishaq said.

A another female beneficiary in Offin Ile, Ikorodu, who simply identified herself as Iya Bobo, said she never thought that she would be considered for the gesture since she isn’t a Muslim.

“I was just going out when I saw them sharing the free drink. I asked a Muslim lady who said its free, but not sure if I would be given since I am not a Muslim. I decided to wait to see if they will give me.

Surprisingly, they didn’t ask me about my faith when I received the free malt. May God bless them,” she said.

For Fausiyah Taofeeq, the gesture was commendable, especially at this point in time when everyone has been impacted by the epidemic facing the world.

“Feeding a fasting Muslim, either with food or drink, also attracts reward from Allah. I pray for the progress of both Muslim News and Guinness Nigeria. May Allah bless them,” she said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)



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The Facts Speak Loudly: the TECNO CAMON 15 Premier Broke A New Guinness World Record Title of Largest Flip Book




Recently, TECNO ( released its new camera phone, the CAMON 15 series through an online launch event. This is Africa’s first online product launch, and TECNO unveiled its brand-new CAMON 15 series with a SONY camera and the trademarked TAIVOS™ technology.

In this launch, TECNO debuted largest flip book Guinness World Records™ Title, entirely composed of photos shot on the TECNO CAMON 15 Premier. The flip book covers an area of 299.26 square meter in total, with 4.676 square meters for a single page, which is the newest Guinness World Records title of largest flip book. Although the photos are shot by a smartphone camera of TECNO CAMON 15 Premier, the details of the images are very vivid and clear even in such a gigantic flip book, as beautiful as photos shot by professional photographers.

The CAMON 15 is equipped with a powerful 64MP SONY camera, which is the leading global mobile photography trend. With the 64MP SONY camera, even after zooming in on a picture with 8x zoom, every detail is perfectly captured and shown. The vividness of the photography has upgraded by 68% from past models. Click the shutter to capture beautiful views and unforgettable memories, you will find that every detail is displayed purely and clearly. The four pixels were combined into a 1.6micron megapixel to create high-quality night shots. The large 1/2” sensor captures more light at night, producing a photo that is brighter with less visual noise.

When you put this technical foundation together with a super-wide angle 115-degree field of vision and algorithms that reduce noise and boost clarity, you have a mobile camera you can count on for crystal-clear images that can scale to extreme dimensions without compromising detail – Guinness World Records  Title-breaking dimensions, in fact.

People were surprised at the near-cinematic display when TECNO’s next-gen photographic capabilities came to life on 2.17*2.15 meters pages. However, you will be even more impressed by what you discover right on the CAMON 15 Premier’s 6.6-inch tempered-glass screen.

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Magic of Unseen: TECNO Mobile Brings Wizkid and Guinness World Record Title to Africa’s first online launch




Last night, TECNO ( released its new camera phone, CAMON 15 series through an online launch event, which became a milestone event in the smartphone industry as the first online product launch in Africa. The online launch themed “Magic of Unseen” was not long, but the content was extremely rich: TECNO CAMON 15 unveiling its SONY camera and the trademarked TAIVOS™ technology, official spokesman Wizkid appearance, Largest flip book with Guinness World Records ™ Title, and much more.

As Nigeria’s most famous performer and a global icon in music, Wizkid arguably is a recognized pop culture sensation. Wizkid’s success runs side-by-side with the emergence of Nigeria’s mobile entertainment market. Stories like Wizkid’s, illuminate the possibilities that are offered to both producers and consumers with the development of digital entertainment media and technologies, not to mention that this time, the commercial cooperation was supported by a production team from Hollywood.

As one of the many loyal users and a fan of TECNO Mobile, Wizkid raised a lot of valuable questions about TENCO and its CAMON 15. He shared a lot of valuable tips on how to take great photos with TECNO CAMON 15 while striking a pose on the event. One big surprise during the event was that TECNO also brought a 1:1 Wizkid portrait poster photographed by TECNO CAMON 15 Premier, which was stunningly crystal-clear even scaled up to almost two meters in height. Thanks to the product’s brilliant high definition, armed with a SONY camera, and 8x zoom every detail was perfectly captured and vividly displayed.

Seeing Wizkid in person may be a one-time-only opportunity at the event, but those who made it to TECNO CAMON 15 launch were able to hold onto a souvenir that Guinness World Records has acknowledged as one-of-a-kind as well: TECNO announced that a flip book with 2.2m x 2.2m  wide printed pictures taken by TECNO CAMON 15 Premier has broken  Largest flip book with Guinness World Record Title.

What sets it apart is its scale and its animation. At almost 5 square meters, it’s a collection of the biggest collection of super-clear images ever assembled. TECNO CAMON 15 Premier has done this great work by its high 64MP SONY camera.

As a pioneer in the smartphone industry, TECNO Mobile is always committed to bringing the latest technologies and the cutting-edge smartphone to its global users. The first online product launch is undoubtedly another new breakthrough of what TECNO Mobile brings to us. The event was absolutely bursting with exciting new technologies and applications, it’s a hands-on taste of what you could achieve with a smartphone camera, powerful imaging hardware, and a device designed to deliver unprecedented performance for mobile photography fans.

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COVID-19: Unilrin cancels 5000-crowd Guinness World Record



The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has cancelled the Guinness World Record on Hackaton innovation on Renewable energy expected to host 5,000 students across Kwara over fears of COVID-19.

Prof. Joshua Olaoye, the Director, Unilorin Renewable Energy Centre (UREC), announced this in a letter addressed to stakeholders and made available to the Nigeria News Agency .

“Gather 5,000 students in a single venue, however, negates the current Federal Government of Nigeria campaign against public gathering of more than 50 people.”

This, he said, is in response to the outbreak and containment strategies of ravaging COVID-19.

“Five new cases of COVID-19 was announced just in one day in Nigeria recently.

“Information gathered from our foreign partners and their Government agencies, Guinness World Record (GWR), Hackathon TechChallenge and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had clearly indicated that gathering of 50 or more people should be cancelled for eight weeks”.

According to him, the Kwara State Government had declared that schools in the state be shut down to prevent spread of Coronavirus.

“Against these aforementioned issues, UREC, therefore, wishes to announce the indefinite postponement of our programme, World Record project and Hackathon TechChallenge, tagged: Kwara-UNILORIN Innovation Hackathon.”

The event slated for March 21, has “INNOVATE KWARA” as its theme.

He stated: “We regret any inconveniences this postponement would have caused”.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Guinness takes search for “world class” bartenders to Abuja



Top Nigerian brewery, Guinness Nigeria PLC, on Thursday brought its search for top bartenders in Nigeria to Abuja through a “world class bartending competition.”

Eight bartenders were lined up for the competition, which would lead to selection of the bartender that would represent the country at a global competition in Australia in September.

Lala Alakija, the Brand Ambassador of Reserved Spirits, under the Umbrella of Guinness, said that the competition would help the participants attain the peak of their careers and even become business owners.

“Works class is a platform that was created to explore and introduce better ways of drinking.

“It is a global initiative with presence on several countries across the world, and has trained and empowered about 250 bartenders.

“What the competition does is to look for the best bartender in the world by bringing together, the best bartenders in different countries to compete,” she said.

Alakija said that the initiative also served as an empowerment opportunity for bartenders, especially in a country like Nigeria.

“The competition is taking place across three regions in Nigeria. We picked two bartenders out of 25 that competed in Lagos. We will pick one each from Abuja and Port Harcourt, to make four from Nigeria.

“We will pick the best among the four, who will represent Nigeria in the world final in Australia in September.

“Bartending is not such a great career in Nigeria, but with an opportunity like this, bartenders can be motivated to put in their best because they are sure of getting to the peak of their careers,” she said.

She said the organisers of the competition took cognisance of the Covid-19 scare across the globe and took precautionary measures.

“Covid-19 scare is the reason why we limit the number of people to attend the competitions.

“In Lagos we had 50 people, including the competitors and judges. Here in Abuja we expect not more than 25 people.

“We also do basic health checks like temperatures of everyone coming in here and provide them with hand sanitisers as precautionary measures.

“We are hoping that the pandemic will soon be put under control so that we can go on without many restrictions,” Alakija said.

Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Ekemini Ladejobi

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Renewable energy: UNILORIN to host Guinness World Record



The Management of University of Ilorin says its Renewable Energy Centre (UREC) would host the Guinness World Record on Innovation Hackathon.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Hackathon is a science practical session dedicated to a specific topic or challenge, where participants work in small groups in a unique environment that encourages creative thinking and leads to surprisingly innovation, new concepts, ideas and prototypes.

Prof. Joshua Olaoye, the Director of UREC, who stated this during a news conference organised on the world record, said the event would come up on March 21, 2020, at the university, comprising participants from all universities across Kwara.

Olaoye, an expert in Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering, said the theme of the event is “Innovate Kwara”, adding that the purpose of the experiment is to initiate a mass awareness for innovation using electricity generation as a case study.

According to him, the feat aims to break the stereotype of conventional education which does not task students to ideate solutions for their immediate environment using out-of-lab- materials.

The director disclosed that this initiative of the university is the ‘largest science practical session’ as applied in our everyday lives conducted at a single venue in order to bridge Town and Gown’.

“This will therefore, create an opportunity for University of Ilorin through this programme to achieve the Hackathon Guinness World Record.

“This is a tripartite event which exposes our students to both indigenous and international mentors to come up with brilliant commercially viable ideas that is aimed at improving Kwara.

“The overall winners are expected to showcase at the grand finale of Tech Challenge in the USA, anchored by Tech Interactive, and set the novel World Record and make our students record holders,” he said.

Olaoye stated that the event would involve three awards, including Kwara State Governor’s Award for Enterprise, the University of Ilorin Council Chairman’s Award for Innovation, and University of Ilorin Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovative Patents.

He explained that the overall objective is to domesticate the experience of the University of Ilorin Ph.D. student, Mrs Peace Nnabugwu, who was recently conferred a 2019 Fellow of TechWomen hosted in the United States and doubles as the Country Director, Science Ambassadors Foundation.

He disclosed that the Ph.D student has successfully commercialised the water filter she invented.

The director observed that the programme would foster creativity in students and encourage resilience, teamwork, knowledge application; and also teach students problem solving skills; revamp the students’ mindset.

“The goal is therefore, to take 5,000 students through this leadership and mentoring programme.

“The students will be taken through these leadership and mentoring programme through virtual interaction and an organised hands on practical session.

“The desire of our Vice Chancellor is to extend the programme to other tertiary institutions in the state and not to limit it to the benefit of our students at the University of Ilorin only,” he said.

Olaoye also explained that the students would be grouped into clusters of 100 students per unit, and would be assigned one international and one local mentors.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Mixed emotions for South African Guinness PRO14 sides




The Isuzu Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs experienced mixed emotions in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend after both sides were in contention for victories but ended up on the losing side due to costly errors.

The Toyota Cheetahs’ failure to convert a number of opportunities into points against Ulster paved the way for a 20-10 defeat in Belfast on Saturday night, while the Isuzu Southern Kings were two points behind the Scarlets on the hour mark in Llanelli before a late slump saw them go down 36-17.

Click here ( for the report of the match between Ulster and the Toyota Cheetahs, and here ( for a wrap of the encounter between the Scarlets and Isuzu Southern Kings.

Both coaches lamented the defeats, but took comfort from the fact that there were positives they could take from their performances.

Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie said his side were their own worst enemies in the match which cost them their place in the top three on the Conference A log. They are now in fourth place behind the Glasgow Warriors.

“I have mixed feelings about the game,” said Fourie.

“There were times that we played some brilliant rugby and then there were times where we were our own worst enemies.

“In the first half we were in their 22m area for a long time, and we got three penalties there, and then we lost two lineouts in a row on their tryline so we couldn’t turn that pressure into points.”

He added: “The first try that Ulster scored just before halftime was a soft moment. They played through 10 phases and got momentum from every one of those.

“We didn’t drive them back or come quickly off the line, and in the end they scored rather easily, which was in contrast to the rest of the game where we defended well and drove them back in tackles.”

One of the positives Fourie drew from his side’s display was the way they adapted to the northern hemisphere conditions.

“In general, I am satisfied with the way we varied our play at times and how we put pressure on them with our kicking game,” said Fourie.

“Clayton Blommetjies had an outstanding game at fullback and took eight high balls under pressure. “The backs attacked well and saw space and attacked in the right areas, and with a bit of luck we could have won this game.

“It is a bitter pill to swallow to lose like that after we played well. I still I feel we are playing better in the weather conditions and we are slowly getting the right combination and balance of when to attack and when to kick.

“The players are becoming a lot more comfortable with the wet ball and aren’t scared to try things so there are a lot of positives, but I would have liked to have won the game.”

Isuzu Southern Kings coach Robbie Kempson was frustrated by their defeat against the Scarlets, but similarly to Fourie, he said there were aspects they could build on going forward.

“There were some positives that we could take out of it,” said Kempson.

“If we had stuck to our game plan the outcome would have been very different, but we didn’t. We allowed the Scarlets to get too much ball and play too much in the second half.

“With the coaches they have, their counter-attack will always be excellent. We put ourselves in our own predicament and it cost us in the end.”

Kempson emphasised the cost of their mistakes, saying: “We tried to bring on fresh legs, and then the mistakes snowballed which unfortunately gave the Scarlets the opportunity to score tries.

“We were in the game with 20 minutes to go and we threw it away because of silly errors. It is something we have to look at going forward in terms of the composition of our squad.”

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South Africa (SA) sides determined to bounce back on Guinness PRO14 tour




The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings will have their sights set on bouncing back strongly from disappointing defeats last week when they line up against Ulster and the Scarlets in their second tour matches in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend.

The Toyota Cheetahs, in particular, will be under pressure to register a win to remain in the top three in Conference A with an eye on a possible playoff spot later in the season, as the chasing Glasgow Warriors trail by only two points.

The Toyota Cheetahs meet Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday night, while the Isuzu Southern Kings take on the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Sunday.

The Toyota Cheetahs’ track record against Ulster will certainly give the side confidence going into the clash, with one win, a draw and a defeat in their last three outings in the competition.

The match in Ireland will have extra significance for veteran Toyota Cheetahs and Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, who played for Ulster from 2010 to 2017.

“Having spent seven years at Ulster it will be a strange feeling running out at the Kingspan Stadium wearing a different jersey, but I am looking forward to it,” said Pienaar.

“It’s been a while since I played there, and I know how brilliant their supporters are. It is obviously a very important game for us and we are desperate to get the result. We will have to perform a lot better than in our last game, but training has gone well this week.”

Pienaar did not hide his disappointment about their 36-12 defeat against Leinster last week, but he said it was important to focus on what worked in that match going into Saturday’s match-up.

“We had a really tough outing against Leinster in bad conditions,” he said.

“But you have to take the positives from it, and in the second half we were much better. I may be wrong but we only conceded one try and scored two, our discipline was a lot better, we kept the ball a lot better and put them under pressure more.

“So yes, it was a tough game if you look at the scoreboard, but the way we ended was encouraging and we’ll try take that into this game.”

The Isuzu Southern Kings will also have something to prove this week after going down 68-3 against Munster in their last match, and although they have never won against the Scarlets, the fact that two of their four defeats were by seven points or less will serve as some encouragement for Robbie Kempson’s young team.

Defence will be a key aspect for the Port Elizabeth side this weekend to keep alive hopes of creating an upset as they have conceded the most points and tries in the competition up to now.

Guinness PRO14 fixtures:

Ulster v Toyota Cheetahs

Date: Saturday, 22 February

SA time: 21h35

Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

Referee: Mike Adamson

Assistant Referees: George Clancy and Sam Grove-White

TMO: Andrew McMenemy


Scarlets v Isuzu Southern Kings

Date: Sunday, 23 February

SA time: 19h15

Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Referee: Andrew Brace

Assistant Referees: Gareth John and Paul Haycock

TMO: Brian MacNeice


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Hard work ahead for SA’s Guinness PRO14 sides




Hard work lies ahead for the Isuzu Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs in the Guinness Pro14 after the teams were reintroduced the realities of touring the northern hemisphere in winter this past weekend, with both sides suffering disappointing defeats.

The Toyota Cheetahs went down 36-12 against defending champions, Leinster, at a drenched RDS Arena in Dublin on Saturday, while the Isuzu Southern Kings suffered a 68-3 defeat against Munster at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday.

Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie took some encouragement from the way his charges finished their encounter against Leinster, scoring twice and denying the hosts from adding to their score, but he admitted that their performance earlier in the match was not good enough.

“We came back well in the last 30 minutes and performed really well in that period, and we controlled a certain aspect of our game (the scrums) and put a lot of pressure on them. But the first half just wasn’t good enough in the conditions,” said Fourie.

“We didn’t start well.

“In the first half we were playing with the wind but we couldn’t use it because we had very little ball, and Leinster played most of the game in our 22.

“We resisted the pressure initially but in the last 20 minutes of the first half they scored 22 points and that killed us.”

Fourie added: “Ball possession was a massive problem, as we struggled to keep the ball in the wet weather, and Leinster played really well in the conditions.

“They are probably the best team in Europe at the moment, and it showed.

“We have a lot of work to do before our next game against Ulster if we are going to come right in these conditions.”

The Isuzu Southern Kings also have their work cut out, with coach Robbie Kempson openly expressing his frustration after their match against Munster.

“We started building a few phases at one stage, but we’d cough up the ball at crucial moments and get turned over and Munster would punish us,” said Kempson.

“Unfortunately it happens week in and week out. Maybe in certain areas we either have to adapt our personnel or the way we want to play the game. We want to be more expansive but at this juncture we are not getting that right.”

Kempson again spoke of discipline costing his team, saying: “It was very frustrating to see the discipline again being a problem, as we were a yellow card down within the first 10 minutes.

“It is small things we are not doing well. We are not managing the things we can control, and when you cough up the ball to a very strong team like Munster it is fatal.

“But credit to Munster. They have one of the best attacking flyhalves, they were outstanding with their pace on the ball and very strong with ball in hand.”

Click here ( for the full match report from the Toyota Cheetahs clash against Leinster and here ( for the wrap of the Isuzu Southern Kings match-up against Munster.

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