You know the saying, “Nigerians no dey carry last?” Oh, yea! It is ever so true. We’ve paid our dues, gone all the way, and achieved great feats in various areas. Our people are doing great and outstanding things in different fields wherever they are. And though we’ve had the rotten apples, there are ever so many beautiful ones.
History’s book is full of names of great personalities from our noble country. We stand tall in the African horizon, having being first in many things the continent has been celebrated for. From world acclaimed writers, to singers, sculptors, painters and other entertainers, businessmen, traditionalists, and more, we have a lot to be proud of. And if I should mention, here are some world records Nigeria still holds:
1. The biggest football jersey
Nigeria got into the Guinness Book of World Records for having the biggest football jersey in the world, with a 73.533m width and 89.662m length. It was unveiled at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos and the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt.
2. Mass tooth brushing
An unbelievable 300,000 students from 600 public secondary schools in Lagos brushed their teeth simultaneously at different locations, a previous record set by India for massive teeth brushing.
3. Longest rap free style
Chiddera Anemege (also known as Chiddy) of Chiddy Bang freestyled for 9 hours, 18 minutes, and 22 seconds at the MTV O Music Awards in Las Vegas, the U.S.A. in 2011
4. Longest dance record
Renowned fitness and dance instructor, Kaffy (real name Kafayat Shafau) from Nigeria broke the world record in longest dance in 2006 with her team, Imagneto, for dancing for 52 hours and 3 minutes at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon.
And now, another one of Nigeria’s proud sons have broken a world record for the longest DJ set.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, at11:30pm, DJ Obi kicked off his record breaking journey at Sao Café located in Lekki Phase 1.
He is one of Nigeria’s foremost DJs, who always believes in being able to carve out a space for oneself no matter how crowded the field is, and daring to break the world record is him following his convictions.
This award winning DJ has worked on stage with many top artists including Lupe Fiasco, 2baba, Lynxxx, Banky W, M.I., Naeto C and many others, and he is known for his versatile DJing style with an extremely diverse music catalogue.
He believes when he begins to DJ, his audience should just pull out their passports, because he is taking them on a journey round the world.
By 7am on Friday, July 1, DJ Obi had already surpassed existing Guinness World Record for Longest Marathon Club DJing, which was set at 200 hours in 2014 in Dublin, Ireland, and he is aiming to go as far as 240 hours.
Speaking on his record-breaking attempt DJ Obi before he started, he said: “This is a dream that we’ve been working on for over eight months. It means a lot to me and there’s no better way to show the world that Nigerian DJs are a force.”
Indeed, Nigerian DJs, and Nigerians in other walks of life, are a force to always be reckoned with, and even as DJ Obi steers on toward joining the list of Nigerian World Breakers, he has been receiving immense support from friends, family, fans and other colleagues in the entertainment industry, including Don Jazzy, Lynxxx, Dr Sid and Omawunmi.
Next: Lola Olatunji (One Man, One Plane, One World)
Lola’s passion for the skies began as a little boy when he watched his uncle who was a commercial pilot, and would go on some trips with him in the flight deck. He knew immediately that he wanted to fly.
He worked hard to follow after his dreams, which involved working two jobs while studying for his A’ levels and saving. At 20 he qualified for his Private Pilot License (PPL) in just 19 days in April 1999.
Although he let it rest for a while in his struggle to make ends meet, Lola revisited his dreams again when he took out a loan and enrolled in distance learning for the “ATPL Ground School” and eventually qualified as a Commercial Pilot in 2010.
In 2011, he secured a job as an airline pilot and has since been flying a Boeing 737-NG till date.
Lola is daring to be part of those who are working hard to reposition Africa on the global stage, by pushing the limits with his “One Man, One Plane, One World” trip.
He wants to be the first African to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, and needs the support of everyone to make that dream come true.