Ikorodu born Treasure Olawunmi Bayode is on course to break the world reading marathon record.
Ahead of his attempt, he took to micro blogging site, Twitter via his handle (@iread_bayode) to reveal that he is attempting to set a new Guinness world record for “The Longest Reading Marathon”
The young man who kicked-off his reading marathon at the You Read Library, Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba in Lagos Mainland, said that he plans to read for 120 hours straight with only two hours break every 24 hours.
Bayode began the quest at about 1:30pm on Monday with reading from the book Carnivorous City by Toni Kan.
With Bayode’s quest to reach the 120 hour mark, he will not only hold the Guinness World record for the longest time reading, he might be on the path to hold the record for a very long time.
According to him: “I have always loved to read good materials right from when I was in secondary school. I am doing this for the culture; for the reading culture. I am doing this for the youths; to remind them that education is the bedrock of development. I am doing this for Nigeria, for the world know we are a great nation – and yes, we do have libraries!”
Below are 10 quick facts about Bayode’s World Record attempt.
1. The reader’s full name is Olawunmi Treasures Bayode.
2. Bayode is a Lagosian from Ikorodu Local Government.
3. He started reading when he was in Primary 3.
4. While schooling, he used to hawk on the streets. He hawked fruits, coco yam and among other things.
5. He is attempting to break and set a new Guinness World Record in the category of ”The Longest Reading Marathon” (Read Aloud)
6. He started the Read Aloud attempt on Monday February 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba
7. He is attempting to read for 120 hours straight with only 2 hours break every 24 hours. He will be reading night and day
8. Current record is held by Mr. Deepak Sharma Bajagain from Nepal. He read aloud for 113hrs 15min between Sept. 16th – 24th 2008.
9. Bayode commenced a trial session via live streaming on Monday 24th October, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Funcity building ably sponsored by the iCare Foundation and ended Friday 28th November, 2017 at 3:00 pm 2017, totalling 96 hours of reading. He read 10 books during the period.
10. Bayode’s attempt is supported by Lagos State Government and Guaranty Trust Bank.