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  It is an absolute carnival at the Amore Garden in Lekki, Lagos, as Hilda Baci, a Nigerian chef, is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by cooking continuously for 96 hours straight, from May 11th to 14th, 2023. This is a remarkable feat that requires tremendous physical and mental endurance, and Hilda’s determination to succeed is truly inspiring.
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Lata Tondon of India currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest time spent cooking, having achieved a time of 87 hours and 45 minutes in 2019. However, Hilda Baci is aiming to surpass this record by cooking continuously for 96 hours straight. However, Hilda’s record-breaking attempt is not just about cooking. She hopes to raise awareness about Nigerian cuisine and food insecurity, two important issues that affect many people in Nigeria. Nigerian cuisine is often overlooked and underrated, and Hilda’s cooking marathon is an opportunity to showcase the diversity and richness of Nigerian food. By breaking the Guinness World Record, she hopes to put Nigerian cuisine on the map and inspire people to appreciate and celebrate it. Food insecurity is also a significant issue in Nigeria, with millions of people lacking access to nutritious and affordable food. Hilda’s cooking marathon is a way to draw attention to this problem and encourage people to take action to address it. She is using her platform and her passion for cooking to make a positive impact on her community and the world.
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What’s inspiring about Hilda’s record-breaking attempt is the unity and support it has generated among Nigerians. Honestly, it’s complete bedlam as Hilda continues to cook. People have come out in large numbers to cheer her on, and celebrities, such as Enioluwa, Charles Okocha, IK Osakioduwa, Mrs Margaret Obi, and many more. Public figures such as the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-olu came around to show support, while the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo called her on the phone live. On social media, Hilda has taken over the trend table, while prominent people such as the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, have commended her via their social media handles.   In a video that has gone viral on social media, Nigerians are seen praying for Hilda, as it looked like she was growing weary and also cramping. This sense of community and togetherness is reminiscent of the EndSARS protests, which brought Nigerians together in a powerful show of solidarity. Hilda Baci has succeeded in bringing Nigerians together, once again. Hilda’s record-breaking attempt is not just a personal achievement but a collective one. She has been able to inspire and motivate others to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. In a country where opportunities are often limited, Hilda’s success is a reminder that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Hilda is not just a chef, but also an ambassador for Nigerian cuisine and culture. Through her cooking, she is promoting Nigerian food to the world and highlighting its unique flavours and ingredients. She is also bringing attention to the many talented chefs and cooks in Nigeria who are creating innovative and delicious dishes.
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In conclusion, as Hilda Baci’s record-breaking attempt approaches the 80-hour mark, it is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and community support. Her achievement is not just a personal milestone but also a platform to raise awareness about important issues and inspire others to follow their dreams. Her cooking marathon is a celebration of Nigerian cuisine and culture, and a reminder of the unity and togetherness that is possible when people come together to support each other.
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This article was first published on 14th May 2023


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