Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual after surpassing the 87 hours, 45 minutes record set by India’s Lata Tondon in 2019.
Hilda, who started the competition on Thursday at exactly 4pm when she put on her cooker, will keep cooking to extend the record targeting at least 96 hours.
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The event, which is taking place at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos, is being live-streamed on YouTube, and several prominent politicians and celebrities as well as Nigerians have shown her support.
Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and former Akwa Ibom State governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio among those who have visited the venue in support.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Akwa state governor, Emmanuel Udom among others have sent their wishes to her.
Nollywood actor, Charles Okocha; actress, Kate Henshaw; singer, Tiwa Savage; media personality, Enioluwa, and many others appeared at the event.
Many Nigerians on Monday defied the rain to cheer up the visibly tired chef.
Baci won the maiden edition of the Jollof Face-off Competition in 2021, carting home a grand prize of $5000.