Nigerian attempts to break world record for longest reading aloud marathon

Bayode Treasures-Olawunmi

A Nigerian man is hours into breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon reading aloud which was set in 2008 by a Nepalese who read 17 books aloud in 113 hours 15 minutes.

Bayode Treasures-Olawunmi started his record-breaking attempt at 1230 GMT on Monday at the Herbert Macaulay Library in Lagos where he plans to read out loud for 120 hours with only two hours break every 24 hours. This means Bayode will finish on Saturday if he doesn’t give up.

Many Nigerians are fascinated by his attempt as they troop to the Library where he is seated behind a table fitted with a timer and a microphone he is reading into.

Ahead of the attempt, Bayode said in a promotional video that he started reading when he was in primary school and he currently reads 10 hours a day. He added that his aim for breaking the world record is to inspire the youth to take up reading.

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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