Claim: A social media commentator, Twene Jonas, has claimed that Afua Asantewaa will be the first Ghanaian to get her name listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Verdict: False. According to the Guinness World Records, three Ghanaians are in the Guinness Book of Records. These are Kevin-Prince Boateng, Daniel Ashitey Amarh, and Richard Mensah Ofori. However, Afua Asantewaa, who recently achieved a 126-hour and 52-minute singing marathon, surpassing the 105-hour record, has yet to have her attempt reviewed by the Guinness World Records team.
There has been praise galore for Afua Asantewaa, the Ghanaian media personality and event organiser who achieved 126 hours and 52 minutes singing marathon, surpassing the 105 hours record currently held by an Indian Sunil Waghmare.
However, a social media commentator, Twene Jonas, claimed that should Afua Asantewaa’s name be listed in the Guinness World Records (GWR), she would be the first Ghanaian to achieve such a feat. He said this in response to an X user, Bongo Ideas, who published that the 33-year-old may be disqualified due to some infractions during her attempt to break the record.
In his post, Twene Jonas said, “Have you ever seen a Ghanaian name documented in the Guinness Book of Records before? Nobody has ever done it before. So why are we spreading hate that she will be disqualified?”
Twene Jonas’ rebuttal has received over 148,000 views, 3,000 likes, and 300 retweets after Bongo Ideas reposted on his timeline on Jan. 1, 2024, promising to reply soon.
Firstly, DUBAWA can confirm that as of Jan. 3, 2024, Afua Asantewaa’s name has not been officially documented in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest singing marathon. According to the Guinness World Records, she is yet to submit her evidence for review by the records’ management team.
“We look forward to receiving evidence from Afua’s attempt for our Records Management Team to review,” the Guinness World Records said after DUBAWA reached out via mail to verify a claim made by Twene Jonas on Jan. 1, 2024.
Screenshot of a reply to DUBAWA after it contacted the Guinness World Records on a claim that no Ghanaian has been listed in its records.
Will Afua Asantewaa be the only Ghanaian to get her name in the Guinness World Records?
No. There have been Ghanaian record holders whose names are currently documented in the Guinness World Records. According to the organisation, individuals such as Kevin Prince Boateng, Daniel Ashitey Amarh, and Richard Mensah Ofori have etched their names in the prestigious book.
Daniel Ashitey Amarh and Richard Mensah Ofori’s achievement involved successfully navigating ten obstacles in the fastest time while carrying a person on their heads and maintaining balance on one foot. They made the record in 21.83 sec on the Lo Show Dei Record set in Milan, Italy, on 27 April 2011.
Also, Kevin-Prince Boateng, the former Black Stars striker, holds a unique record. Alongside his brother, Jerome Boateng from Germany, they made history as the first brothers to play against each other in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The GWR recognised him alongside another athlete, stating: “First brothers to play against each other in a FIFA World Cup: Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) and Jerome Boateng (Germany) became the first brothers to play against one another in the FIFA World Cup in Ghana vs Germany in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 23 June 2010.”
However, the Guinness World Records also noted that “there are also several broken records which had Ghanaian record-holders.”
According to the documents of Guinness World Records, it is inaccurate for Twene Jonas to claim that no Ghanaian has his or her name listed in the Guinness World Records.