Hilda Baci (full name Hilda Bassey Effiong), a chef from Nigeria, has beaten the record for “longest cooking time” by an individual.
Hilda, 27, broke the record after she defeated Indian chef Lata Tandon, who in 2019 set a new “Guinness World Record” by cooking continuously for 87 hours and 45 minutes.
At 7:45 a.m. on Monday, May 15, Hilda smashed the record.
The chef from Akwa Ibom State began cooking on May 11 and plans to work for 96 hours to break the previous record.
Numerous Nigerians, including politicians and celebrities, have shown support for the culinary initiative that she called “Cook-a-thon.”
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Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, and Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom, phoned her on the phone on Sunday to encourage her to keep going and not give up.
The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also went to meet Hilda at the cooking location to support her.
Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar, both candidates for president, praised the record-breaking chef on Twitter.
Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate, praised Hilda on his official Twitter page while posting a photo of the Akwa Ibom cook.
“We see you, Chef Hilda, standing at the crossroads of history, ready to carve your name in the annals of world records. This is no easy feat, but we believe wholeheartedly in your grit and your passion. You are inspiring millions by showcasing the strength of the human spirit. May your energy remain unbroken, for you are on the brink of making history. We believe in you. Nigeria believes in you,” he tweeted.
On his part, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi wrote, “The efforts being made by Hilda Effiong Bassey (Hilda Baci) to beat the current Guinness World Record for cooking for 4 days nonstop shows the true Nigerian spirit of hard work and resilience.
“I applaud her determination and focus on the goal, which is inspiring many Nigerian youths to live their dreams through hard work and dedication. I wish her well on this noble journey to pen her name in the golden book of history.”
Go Hilda. We are rooting for you to break that record . And I trust say the food go sweet die. pic.twitter.com/jZjjOEZ3RP
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) May 14, 2023
Others who visited and applauded Hilda include Queen and King of Afrobeat, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid Ayo, Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, Grammy award winner, Burna Boy, and several others.
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