…extraordinary Culinary Feat Inspires Nigerians and Gains Global Recognition
Ndifreke Jacob, Uyo.
In a spectacular display of culinary prowess and unwavering determination, Hilda Baci a visionary chef from Nigeria, has achieved a groundbreaking milestone by breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
Hilda Bassey Effiong real name hails from Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, South South Nigeria.
With an extraordinary achievement of 87 hours and 46 minutes, she has etched her name in the annals of culinary history, surpassing the previous record set in 2019.
Hilda’s remarkable journey captivated the nation, drawing immense support from all corners and gaining global recognition.
Prior to this record-breaking achievement, the 27years old chef emerged victorious in the Jollof Face-off Competition in 2021, earning a grand prize of $5000.
Her name now joins the ranks of illustrious Nigerians who have broken Guinness World Records in recent times, showcasing the nation’s talent, tenacity, and propensity for excellence.
- About Guinness World Record
The Guinness Book of Records, a renowned reference book that contains human and natural world records, has been a trusted source of information since its first publication in 1955 by the Guinness Brewery in Ireland.
Individuals or groups must submit proof and undergo a rigorous verification process to qualify for a world record listing.
- A Culinary Marathon Begins
Hilda’s culinary journey commenced on May 11 at 4 pm, as she embarked on a challenging mission to cook nonstop for an astonishing 96 hours. Her determination was fueled by the desire to complete her marathon on May 15 at 4 pm.
From the very beginning, her relentless pace and unwavering focus gained momentum, captivating the hearts and imaginations of countless Nigerians.
- The Power of Social Media
The power of social media played a significant role in spreading Hilda’s story far and wide, generating nationwide fervor. Nigerians from all walks of life rallied behind Hilda, offering their well wishes and support.
Notably, prominent figures from politics and entertainment reached out to offer their encouragement, showcasing the widespread admiration for her culinary prowess.
- Embracing Hilda’s Journey
Hilda’s indomitable spirit and culinary prowess resonated throughout Amore Gardens, the venue where her historic triumph unfolded.
Renowned brands such as Vesti and Zaron Cosmetics were moved by Hilda’s journey and joined the chorus of support, embracing her remarkable achievements. The world watched in awe as this culinary marvel captivated audiences with her determination and focus.
- Anticipation Builds
As the clock ticked toward the final moments of her unprecedented quest, anticipation filled the air. The tantalizing aromas wafting from Hilda’s kitchen commanded attention, captivating all who passed by.
With knife and spatula at the ready, Hilda stood as a testament to resilience and the boundless human spirit. Her exhaustion mingled with a deep sense of pride as she prepared to break the Guinness World Record.
- Support from All Quarters
Hilda’s ongoing record-breaking attempt at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos State, garnered tremendous physical support. Nigerians, including several celebrities, defied the rain to cheer her on, showcasing the unity and solidarity surrounding her extraordinary feat.
Politicians, entertainers, media communities, and renowned brands were captivated by Hilda’s power and influence, eagerly aligning themselves with her and exploring avenues for collaboration.
- Hilda’s Journey Goes National
In a surprising turn of events, Nigeria’s political class, often criticized for their involvement in fraudulent activities and nepotism, displayed their astuteness by wholeheartedly embracing Hilda’s remarkable journey, untainted by such maladies.
Asiwaju Tinubu, Nigeria’s President-elect and former Governor of Lagos, extended his support to Hilda through a carefully crafted tweet, highlighting her tenacity and determination to shatter records.
Atiku Abubakar, Tinubu’s main contender in the recent presidential election, lauded Hilda’s historic position and emphasized the imminent etching of her name in the annals of world records.
- Celebrations and Nationwide Wave of Support
Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu, Governor of Lagos State, fully embraced the glamour surrounding Hilda’s journey and personally paid a personal visit to Hilda, the record-breaking marathon runner, capturing the nation’s attention.
This gesture not only strengthens Hilda’s role as a symbol of inspiration but also highlights her indomitable spirit.
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom State, Hilda’s beloved home, amplified the celebration, with Governor Udom Emmanuel commending her remarkable achievements, bringing immense pride to the state.
Through various media channels, the state has amplified Hilda’s success, showcasing Governor Emmanuel’s appreciation for her remarkable accomplishments.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Orman Esin, further conveyed the government’s gratitude by personally visiting Hilda in Amore Gardens, a testament to the state’s unwavering support.
Wife of the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mrs Margaret Peter Obi visited last night to identify with Hilda.
The celebration of Hilda’s journey also attracted the attention of prominent political figures, including Senator Godswill Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom NorthWest.
Accompanied by other Senators-elect, Senator Akpabio paid a courtesy visit to Hilda, expressing his support and offering words of encouragement. This display of solidarity from respected leaders showcase the nationwide admiration for Hilda’s determination and success.
Celebrities, artists, and enthusiastic fans flocked to the arena, creating an atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation.
The presence of renowned brands further reinforced the significance of Hilda’s accomplishments. The overwhelming wave of support not only fuels Hilda’s determination but also highlights the profound impact she has had on the nation.
- Other Nigerians who have won the Record
A look at list of Nigerians that have broken the Guinness World Records in recent times:
Gbenga Ezekiel – Record for the most skips in a minute on one leg. (February 2023)
Divine Ikubor aka Rema – Record for ‘Calm Down’ as the first No.1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart, the world’s first regional streaming chart. (May 2023).
Bose Omolayo – The heaviest para power lift by a female in the -79 kg category with 144 kg (December 2021)
Chukwuebuka Ezugha and Victor Richard Kipo – The most consecutive football passes with the soles (team of two). (December 2021)
Folashade Oluwafemiayo – The heaviest power lift by a female in the -86 kg category with 152.5 kg (December 2021)
Chinonso Eche – The most football headers in a prone position in one minute, which is 23. (October 2021)
Vincent Okezie – The most consecutive backward handsprings with a football (soccer ball) between the legs. (March 2022).
Haruna Abdulazeez – The most American football touches with the feet in one minute (October 2020)
Peter Aho – Record for six wickets for five runs in 3.4 overs against Sierra Leone. (October 2021)
Bayo Omoboriowo – The largest photo book, which was measured at 60.84 m² (654 ft² 87 in²). (September 2021).
- Hilda Etched her name on the Guinness World Record
At about 7:46am on Monday morning, Hilda hit the already held title by Lata Tondon by smashing the 87hours 45minutes record, etching her name in the annals of culinary history.
After hitting the record by Tondon, Hilda has continued to cook to set another record for herself.
According to reports from her live videos on Instagram @foodbyhilda, the team decided to hit a record of 100hours as against the 96hours proposed by Hilda before the cookathon.