I love to read, because over time it has proven to leave readers better than their peers and Bayode Olawunmi is setting yet another bar high enough for other readers to climb.

I have an attraction towards books, so I am following a lot of bookshops, book clubs, authors, and book lovers,  so a couple of days ago, while on twitter  @maureenalikor  

I stumbled upon something very interesting and I was indeed very excited. 

A young Nigerian bibliophile, Bayode Olawunmi @iread_bayode    at You Read Library, Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba Lagos was attempting to beat an already existing record on Guinness Books of Records “LONGEST MARATHON READING ALOUD” category, which means he will be reading aloud for 120 hours straight, stopping only at i

He started on the 26th of February and was supposed to run through till the 2nd of March, 2018, but as at this morning, Bayode announced he had beaten the previous record of 113 hours set by that “as a Nigerian, he is still on and say “as a proper Nigerian, I want to put some jara on it”

In his words, “I couldn’t think of a better way to make a powerful advocacy for the Reading culture than to just read – It’s ALOUD”

Many Nigerians, agency, media agencies, schools, individuals, some government officials and even the Nigerian police have visited the You Read Library Herbert Macaulay way Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Bayode had Lagos State medical personnel who provide him 24-hour medicare in the course of the event.

It is worthy of note that the LIBRARY was refurbished by Guaranty Trust Bank, popularly called GTB. We need more libraries in Nigeria, and I believe this feat will encourage more individuals, government and educational agencies and even the ministry and commissioners of education globally to look into the state of our libraries.

If we have more readers, we would have better leaders. QUOTE ME ANYWHERE.

Bayode completed the reading marathon in 120 hours, that is in 5 days he read aloud. He is the new record holder.

What Guinness world record are you hoping to break?


Maureen Alikor

Maureen is a writer, a creative thinker and with her own thoughts, ideas and decisions. She shares her thoughts here believing someone somewhere will learn one or two things from her and also become a better human. She loves love. A wide reader + book collector and a smiling queen,

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