40-year old Nigerian, Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi, has read aloud for 122hrs to contest for the Guinness World Record on the Longest Marathon Read Aloud, a record that has been held since 2008.
As recorded by TAG, the official time keeper, Olubayode read aloud 23 published books by both Nigerian and foreign authors from 1:30pm on Monday, 26th February, 2018 to 3:30pm on Saturday, March 2018 at the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba. His attempt was supported by the YouREAD Initiative, a CSR initiative of GTBank which seeks to reignite the culture of reading across Nigeria and beyond.
Since 2008, Deepak Sharma Bajaan, from Nepal, has held the world record in book reading after he read a total of 17 books in 113 hours and 15 minutes. Now, Olubayode has taken a shot at breaking the world record having read for 122 hours. His challenge for the Guinness World Record garnered huge public interest, with hundreds of well wishers visiting him at the Herbert Macaulay Library and thousands more cheering him on across social media platforms.
Some of the the books by Nigerian Authors read by Olubayode include The Canivorous City by Toni Kan, Independence by Sarah Ladipo, Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle, Thoughts from a Wealthy Perspective by Sam Egube amongst others.
Speaking on his remarkable feat, Olubayode said he made this attempted due to his interest in reading which is encouraged by his belief that secrets are discovered and inspiration is drawn from reading and to raise the consciousness of Africans about reading. He believes this will change the narrative that making money and being famous cannot only come from entertainment and sports but can also come from education and studying.
Commenting on Olubayode’s Guinness World Record attempt, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of GTBank, Segun Agbaje said; “We are proud to have sponsored Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi’s brave attempt to make history through one of the most positive human activities—reading. The materials from the attempt will be put together and sent to Guinness World Record in London for review and confirmation of the record break and we will let everyone know when we get this.
He further stated that his stunning feat will not only put Nigeria on the global map as a nation that is passionate about books, it will also serve as a source of inspiration to everyone in the country and beyond to adopt and maintain an active reading culture. At GTBank, we are passionate about rekindling the interest of young Nigerians in reading and will continue to create and support innovative ways to promote an active reading culture within and outside the academic environment.”
GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.
The Bank’s footprints in Corporate Social Responsibility are guided strategically by its decision to operate on four major pillars: Education, Community Development, Arts and the Environment, which it believes are essential building blocks for the society and prerequisites for economic growth and societal development.