Ghanaian women’s rights advocate, journalist and event organiser, Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum, has finally ended her “Afua Asantewaa Singathon.” after 126 hours and 52 minutes for Guinness World Record longest singing marathon by an individual.
While awaiting verification from Guinness World Record judges, the mother of three’s effort is believed to have significantly surpassed the existing record held by Indian Sunil Waghmare, who earned the milestone after singing for 105 hours from March 3 to March 7, 2012.
The marathon took off on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at midnight and concluded on the Friday morning of December 29, 2023, 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.
During the start of the marathon, she did 4-hour performance nonstop, she took a 20-minute break to change her costume and then resumed. Asantewaa sang only Ghanaian songs throughout her record-breaking attempt, began with OSIBISA’s ‘WOYAYA’ and followed with two gospel songs.
Ghanaian celebrities and renowned personalities including Vice president of Ghana, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, Alan Cash, Sakodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Piesie Esther, Samini, Lydia Forson, Sam George, Sammy Awuku, Efya, Kojo Nkansah LilWin, Nana Ama Mcbrown, John Dumelo, DWP Dance Crew,Akrobeto, Gh Comedians, Tiktok stars, Kwaku Manu, Prophet Nigel among others show massive support for Asantewaa’s sing-a-thon world record attempt at Akwaaba village
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 in Accra.
“On behalf of my husband, my family, my team, volunteers, media, Ghana Tourism Authority, I will like to say a big thank you to each and everyone who participated in this singathon attempt,” Asantewaa said.
“This was a mere dream that was visualised in just a period of five days, I say just because I don’t even remember how it started not to talk of how it ended”.
“We hope and believe that this will be an inspiration to all women and all youth or individuals to come out of your comfort zone and try new opportunities. There is a lot out there to do when you put your mind to it you will achieve it”.
Afua Asantewaa’s feat resonated far beyond the confines of the “Afua Asantewaa Singathon.” Her story became a beacon of hope and inspiration, a testament to the power of dreams, no matter how audacious.
She proved that with unwavering spirit and a melody in your heart, even the most impossible song can be sung.
Tonight, December 29, she will host an all-white thanksgiving event at 6 pm at the Akwaaba village (same venue).