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Olubayode breaks longest reading marathon record



Olubayode breaks longest reading marathon record

Forty-year old Nigerian, Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi, made history last week as he broke the Guinness World Record in the “Longest Marathon Reading Aloud” Category.


Olubayode set the record at exactly 3:30pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the YouRead library, Yaba, at a Read Aloud Marathon Session organised by the YouREAD Initiative, a CSR initiative of Guaranty Trust Bank which seeks to reignite the interest in reading across Nigeria and beyond.


The Ikorodu-born father of three began reading at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 26, 2018 and set a record of 122 hours, a total of five days beating Nepali Deepak Sharma’s record of 113 hours 15 minutes in 2008.



Olubayode read aloud 23 published books from 1:30 pm on Monday, February 26th, 2018 to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 3rd at the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, which was recently remodelled into state of the art facility by GTBank.



The Read-Aloud Marathon which had renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer as the official timekeeper, will be will be sent to the offices of the Guinness World Record in London to confirm if Olubayode has broken the record for the Longest Marathon Read Aloud.


Deepak Sharma Bajaan, from Nepal, has since 2008, 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.


Now, Olubayode is taking a shot at breaking the world record having read six more books and approximately nine hours longer than the current world record holder.


An elated Olubayode expressed appreciation to GTBank for its support.


“I would like to thank GTBank first for sponsoring my Guinness World Record attempt, and most importantly, for all that 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. 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,” he said.


Commenting on Olubayode’s world record attempt, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of GTBank, Segun Agbaje said: “We are proud to have sponsored Olubayode Treasures Olawunmi’s brave attempt to make history through one of the most positive human activities—reading.


His stunning feat will not only put Nigeria on the global map as a nation that is passionate about books, it will also serve as a source of inspiration to everyone in the country and beyond to adopt and maintain an active reading culture.


“At GTBank, we are passionate about rekindling the interest of young Nigerians in reading and will continue to create and support innovative ways to promote an active reading culture within and outside the academic environment.”

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