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Afua Asantewaa Aduonum concludes singathon attempt, awaits Guinness World Record confirmation

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Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum, the Ghanaian women’s rights advocate, journalist and event organiser who captivated the nation with her singing marathon Guinness World Record attempt, ended her quest after 126 hours and 52 minutes. While verification from Guinness World Record judges is pending, Asantewaa’s effort is believed to have significantly surpassed the existing record set by India’s Sunil Waghmare in 2012.

The marathon commenced at midnight on December 24, 2023, and concluded on the morning of December 29. Addressing her supporters after receiving medical attention behind a screen onstage, Asantewaa shared that she had lost track of time during the five-day endeavour.

Expressing her hope that the achievement would inspire women and youth across the country, Asantewaa expressed gratitude for the support received from musicians, politicians, and security officials at the Akwaaba Village. Tonight, she will host an all-white Thanksgiving event at 6 pm at the same venue.

Medical reasons for the conclusion

Initially, Asantewaa’s Singathon was planned for December 24-27, 2023. However, she extended it to account for potential deductions in her time for breaks by Guinness World Record judges. Dr. Grace Buckman, who led Asantewaa’s medical team, commended her efforts and described how much the team had been surprised by her endurance.

Dr. Buckman initially planned for the sing-a-thon to conclude at noon today but ultimately advised an earlier stop due to fatigue and prioritizing Asantewaa’s health.  She stated, “As a medical team, her health is our topmost priority. We would have loved for her to go till 12 midday, but at this point, we want to put a hold to it and protect Afua as much as we can.”

By: Kweku Zurek

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