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“We Hope This Would Be An Inspiration to All Women…” – Afua Asantewaa Aduonum Says As She Ends Sing-A-Thon

Ghana’s singing sensation over the last five days says her just-ended attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest singing marathon by an individual should inspire women and all young people.

Afua Asantewaa Aduonum sang for a record 126 hours, and 52 minutes – starting on Christmas Eve, and finally ending around 7 am this morning.

“This was just a mere dream that was visualized in just a period of five days. I say just because I don’t remember how it started, not to talk of how it ended. It has been a smooth journey, a very successful one, and we hope and believe that this would be an inspiration to all women, all youth and individuals to try new opportunities out there to do,” Afua said after time stop on the challenge which took place at the Akwaaba village in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

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Although not a professional singer nor a musician, Afua managed to complete an arduous task that could have potentially been problematic for her vocal and general health.

In the course of the five days, the singing marathon, (which is called a sing-a-thon by Guinness World Records terms) garnered support from many Ghanaians. At first, it looked like a publicity stunt, but the challenge began drawing massive crowds particularly when it entered Day 2, including support from major celebrities and politicians like Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and Alan Kyerematen.

“When you put your mind to it, you’ll achieve it. I am grateful to the Ghana Music Industry, all the artists, those who were able to pass through, those who couldn’t, I pray that this attempt will influence your brand, your music to the next level,” Afua said further.

WHAT NEXT AFTER THE SING-A-THON

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Following her completion of the record-breaking attempt, Guinness World Records would move to verify the feat – by gathering evidence and then uploading it for its Records Management team to review.

Organisers say that although each record title has a specific set of rules, there are general rules for measuring the record attempts. Among these are an independent verification process and proof of measurement.

Independent verification:

All record attempts require the presence of completely independent witnesses who are our eyes on the ground to witness and confirm that all of our rules have been followed.

Certain records require the presence of expert independent witnesses who have a specialism in a certain field relevant to the record. These can include: veterinarians, medical professionals, surveyors, hygiene inspectors, dance professionals, sports governing bodies and many more.

Proof of measurement:

Each record is based on a measurement, whether it be length, weight, number of items or people, area, temperature etc. The accuracy of this measurement is paramount. For many records we require the measurement to be conducted by a suitably qualified professional in the field. We also give guidance on acceptable counting methods.

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