Who is Afua? Why Is She Attempting Such A Feat?
Afua is a woman of many talents – a journalist, TV presenter, former Miss Tourism Ghana, and the founder of Teen Queen Ghana, a modeling agency for teenage girls. She also wears the hats of CEO of Outstanding Women Awards and Miss Kidi Ghana, among others.
Happily married with kids, Afua shared in a Joy Prime interview that her goal in attempting the Guinness World Record is to showcase Ghanaian music on a bigger, international stage. Her initiative gained strong support from the creative industry, with backing from the Ministry of Tourism and corporate sponsorship from Nasco, making it a commendable effort.
Before and During The Singathon.
Afua Asantewaa boldly embarked on the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest singing marathon by an individual, initially planning from December 24th to 27th, 2023, at the Akwaaba Village.
However, displaying incredible determination, she surpassed her goal and continued singing until the early hours of December 29th, 2023. With a mix of grit and grace, Afua sang for an impressive 120 hours, surpassing the existing record of 105 hours held by Sunil Waghmare from India. Notably, she exclusively performed Ghanaian songs, showcasing the talents of artists like Kelvin Boy, Shatta Wale, Stonebwouy, the late Ebony Reigns, Sarkodie, Efya, MzVee, and more.
Given that the event took place in December, with the festive spirit in full swing and the Ghanaian youth embracing the Christmas joy, they flocked in large numbers to support Afua. The atmosphere was charged with an energy level of 120 percent, amplified by the fantastic work of DJs and instrumentalists who skillfully kept the audience engaged.
Beyond the partygoers at Akwaaba Village, numerous celebrities, especially from the music industry, showed up to support and extend their well-wishes. Notable names like Gyakie, Salma Mumin, Berla Mundi, Becca, Fella Makafui, Sarkodie, Stonebwouy, Shatta Wale, and Mr. Eazi graced the occasion.
Furthermore, the event drew the attention of politicians and government officials, including Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (Ghana’s Vice President), Alan Kyeremanteng (Ghana’s Minister for Trade and 2024 Presidential Aspirant), and Mrs. Frema Opare (Ghana’s Chief of Staff), all present to cheer Afua on to victory.
As of now, Afua has surpassed her initial goal of 115 hours for the Guinness World Record attempt. Demonstrating her commitment and thoroughness, she opted to extend the singing marathon by an additional 5 hours, accounting for any technicalities or lapses that may have occurred.
The Guinness World Record’s specifications for the longest singing marathon by an individual include the following:
- Each song performed needs to be at least 2 minutes long.
- Singing should be continuous, allowing only brief pauses of no more than 30 seconds between songs.
- Songs performed during the attempt must be recognizable and at a reasonable standard.
- No piece of music can be repeated within a 4-hour time frame.
- Applicants must be 16 years or older.
- A 5-minute break per hour or a 20-minute break after 4 hours is allowed.
- A playlist of all performed tunes must be maintained and submitted with the claim after the attempt.
- Improvisation or jamming is not permitted.
- Applicants may choose to be accompanied or not, but if accompanied, no musician can play for more than 4 hours without taking a break of at least 4 hours.
While we eagerly await the adjudicator’s decision, Adore Women extends heartfelt congratulations to Afua Asantewaa for bravely undertaking this challenge.
We are proud of her dedication and hard work, and we sincerely hope she receives the well-deserved recognition from Guinness World Records for her remarkable achievement.