Ikorodu born Olubayode Treasure Olawunmi, who is bidding for a Guinness World Record after reading aloud for 122 hours at a ‘Read Aloud Marathon Session’ organized by the YouREAD Initiative in Yaba, Lagos Mainland, has said his attempt at the World Record was aimed at reigniting the interest in reading across Nigeria and beyond.
Recall that InsideMainland reported Bayode’s feats and how he became a topic of discussion across social media and communities on the Lagos Mainland.
Speaking on his remarkable feat, Bayode said; “I would like to thank GTBank first for sponsoring my Guinness World Record attempt, and most importantly, for all the Bank has been doing to support education and promote the culture of reading.
“I would also like to thank Nigerians everywhere who sent me messages of support physically and across social media; together, we are making reading famous again.”
He continued saying: “I hope that this effort will raise our consciousness on the importance of reading and also help change the narrative that making money and being famous can only come from entertainment and sports. Those two are great, but so too is excelling in education, and hopefully the younger generation will find in my Guinness World Record attempt the inspiration to read and study more.”
In his quest to enter into the Guinness Book of World Records, Bayode, read aloud 23 published books from 1;30 pm on Monday, February 26, 2018, to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, Lagos.
InsideMainland gathered that the Read Aloud Marathon, which had renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer as the official timekeeper, will be sent to the offices of the Guinness World Record in London who will confirm if he has broken the record for the Longest Marathon Read Aloud.
Since 2008, Deepak Sharma Bajaan, from Nepal, has held the Guinness World Record for the Longest Marathon Read Aloud after he read a total of 17 books in 113 hours and 15 minutes.