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Afua Asantewaa Blames Miscommunication With GWR For Delayed Announcement of Sing-a-thon Outcome

Ghanaian broadcaster and events organiser, Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum, who recently attempted to break the longest singing marathon, says a miscommunication between herself and the Guinness World Records (GWR) led to the delayed announcement of her results for the record attempt.

Aduonum was speaking for the first time since news broke on Friday about her unsuccessful attempt at breaking the world record. Social media users had accused her of intentionally failing to communicate the unsuccessful outcome with Ghanaians in order to secure more brand endorsements.

In one interview with GH One television, she said her inability to log into her account to access the details of the results led to Guinness World Records putting out that Friday comment that announced her disqualification. 

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“Regardless of the outcome, being successful or unsuccessful, I would have still shared with Ghanaians anyway. So, I spoke about a miscommunication with GWR. It had to do with my login account. I don’t have access. So, as I speak here, I don’t have official documents to even post on my social media that this is my disqualification letter. I can’t access my account. So, it’s the reason probably they went ahead of me to comment on somebody’s post, and it went viral,” she told GH One.

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Afua Asantewaa gained recognition last Christmas when she endured a painful five-day attempt (singing for 126 hours, and 52 minutes) in hopes of becoming the new recorder holder of the longest-singing marathon by an individual.

In the course of those five days, she garnered support from many Ghanaians, drawing massive crowds to the Akwaaba Village in Accra, where the singing took place. Some of that support came from people at the top of government, including Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Alan Kyerematen, and many celebrities.

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While her efforts at setting a record may not have proved successful, she’s also gained the popularity that her attempt brought with it.

A few days after her sing-a-thon, she was appointed Tourism Ambassador by the Ghana Tourism Authority. Recently, she’s signed a number of deals with other companies.

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