Meet James Kumbeni: The cyclist who rode 170kms from Bolga to Tamale to support Chef Faila’s cook-a-thon

James Kumbeni, a cyclist, rode a bicycle 170 kilometers from Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional capital, to the Northern Regional capital, Tamale to show support for Chef Faila.

According to Mr. Kumbeni, his love for Chef Faila’s endurance has continued to grow watching her cook over the past few days “she has brought pride to Ghana,” adding that he rode “to support our sister.”

Chef Faila, real name Abdul-Razak Failaa is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon.

Chef Faila is aiming to cook for 120 hours or more. The event is currently taking place at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale. Chef Faila began her attempt on January 1, 2024, and is still going strong.

She has cooked for over 106 hours. Chef Faila’s attempt to break the record is an inspiration to all aspiring chefs.

The current record is held by Alan Fisher from Ireland, who cooked for 119 hours and 57 minutes in 2023 after beating Nigerian Chef Hilda Baci’s 93-hour cook-a-thon record.

About James Kumbeni

He is Baare but lives and works in Bolga. He teaches at Desert Pastures International School in Bolga and is inspired by the fun in cycling.

Mr. Kumbeni usually bikes around Bolga, and has been to Nalerigu, Tamale, Walewale, Navrongo, Sandema, Paga, and Accra.

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