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Nigerians in Sports and the Guinness World Records

Nigerians have been at the forefront of making history, breaking records, and holding Guinness World Records

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 18th April 2024

Nigerians have consistently proven themselves to be record-breakers, with a growing number achieving recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records. From culinary arts to the world of sports, Nigerians are etching their names in history with impressive feats.


The latest Nigerian to do so is Clara Chizoba Krongbong, who recently took the crown for the world’s longest interviewing marathon (a remarkable 55 hours).


Guinness World Records, published from its inception in 1955 until 1999 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a British reference book published annually, listing world records for both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.


BOUNCE spotlights seven exceptional Nigerians who hold Guinness World Records in various sports.



Football, undoubtedly the most popular sport in Nigeria, features prominently in this list. Haruna Abdulazeez holds the record for the most American football touches with the feet in a single minute, achieved in October 2020.



Chinonso Eche boasts two separate records: the most football headers in a prone position within a minute (23 headers) and the most consecutive football passes with the soles of the feet (achieved as part of a two-person team alongside Victor Richard Kipo) – both records set in December 2021.



Powerlifting witnesses Nigerian strength as well. Bose Omolayo lifted the heaviest weight in the women’s -79 kg para powerlifting category in December 2021, managing an impressive 144 kg. Folashade Oluwafemiayo further cemented Nigeria’s dominance in powerlifting that same month by claiming the record for the heaviest weight lifted in the women’s -86 kg category, hoisting a remarkable 152.5 kg.



Peter Aho‘s exceptional bowling performance in October 2021 against Sierra Leone earned him a Guinness World Record for taking six wickets while conceding only five runs in a mere 3.4 overs. Vincent Okezie, meanwhile, showcased his incredible balance and coordination in March 2022 by achieving the most consecutive backward handsprings while keeping a football wedged between his legs.



With Tunde Onakoya‘s ongoing attempt to break the record for the longest chess marathon without a loss, it’s clear that Nigerians are likely to add even more records to their name in the future.



The nation’s sporting landscape is brimming with potential, and the world can expect to see even more Nigerians etching their names in the Guinness World Records in the years to come.

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