Afua Asantewaa’s GWR bid falls short

Gati Jesse

Gati Jesse

Published on February 24, 2024

In a surprising turn of events, Afua Asantewaa’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest singing marathon faced disqualification, leaving fans and followers curious about the details behind the setback. Guinness World Records officials have now shed light on the reasons for the disqualification, citing specific guidelines that were not met during Asantewaa’s ambitious singathon.

According to Alina Polianskaya, the PR Executive for the Guinness World Records, Asantewaa’s singathon fell short due to issues related to rest break timings, which are standard rules across all ‘longest marathon’ records. The revelation came via mail in response to inquiries from Joy FM entertainment journalist Kwame Dadzie, providing clarity on the situation.

The disappointment surfaced on February 23, 2024, when Guinness World Records officially announced that Afua Asantewaa had not successfully broken the existing record for the longest singing marathon, set at 105 hours in 2012. Despite the setback, the organization expressed admiration for Asantewaa’s inspirational journey and encouraged her to make another attempt in the future.

In a statement on X (formerly Twitter), Guinness World Records noted, “We’ve seen how inspirational it has been for her fans… We wish Afua the best of luck with any future record attempts.” Additionally, they revealed that the money paid for a priority review by Afua Asantewaa’s team had been refunded.

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Asantewaa’s daring challenge took place in December 2023, when she embarked on a five-day singing marathon, aiming to surpass the existing record. The singathon began at midnight on Sunday, December 24, 2023, and concluded at 7:00 am on December 29, 2023. Despite singing for an impressive five days, six hours, and 55 minutes, her attempt faced disqualification due to the specific guidelines.

Responding to the news, Afua Asantewaa shared her feelings on social media, stating that she received the outcome just moments before hosting a gala dinner attended by President Nana Akufo-Addo. While keeping her future plans under wraps, she expressed gratitude for the support and love she received from her fans. In the meantime, she has been appointed Tourism Ambassador by the Ghana Tourism Authority, showcasing resilience and determination in the face of setbacks.

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