Nigerian Woman Doubles World Record Time For Longest Crocheting Marathon

A Nigerian woman, Chidinma Modupe Okafor, has been certified by the Guinness World Records as the new record holder for the longest crocheting marathon with a time of 72 hours.

The Guinness World Records confirmed in a post via its website that Chidinma made a white dinner gown during her three-day “crochet-a-thon”.

The 30-year-old shattered the previous record of 34 hr 7 minutes set by Alessandra Hayden, USA, in 2021.

Crocheting is the process of creating textiles or clothing by using a hook to interlock loops of yarn or wool.

To successfully achieve the record, Chidinma had to crochet continuously without any significant breaks.

As soon as she finished one ball of yarn, she immediately began working on the next.

This relentless effort demonstrated her incredible dedication and stamina.

As with all ‘longest marathon’ record attempts, Chidinma was permitted a total of two hours of rest per day (five minutes per hour of crocheting).

Only during these breaks could she eat, sleep, use the toilet or change her clothes.

My preparation for the record attempt involved rigorous training and mental conditioning,” she revealed.

“It also required physical endurance and strategizing to maintain a consistent pace while minimizing fatigue.

“Additionally, logistics such as arranging for sufficient yarn with support staff were crucial for the uninterrupted progress of the attempt.”

She drew inspiration from her compatriot Hilda Baci, who last year performed the world’s longest cooking marathon.

Chidinma is one of several Nigerians who’ve broken a world record following Hilda’s famous cook-a-thon, including Helen Williams (longest wig and widest wig), Ewa Cole (longest marathon singing Christmas songs), Clara Chizoba Kronborg (longest interviewing marathon), and Tonye Solomon (most steps climbed on a ladder while balancing a football on the head).

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