Tembu Ebere, a Nigerian man, disclosed that he endured a period of partial blindness lasting for 45 minutes while attempting to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the ‘Cry-a-thon,’ where he aimed to cry continuously for an entire week. Speaking to the BBC, Ebere confirmed suffering from headaches, puffy eyes, and a swollen face during the challenge.
He mentioned that he had to push himself to shed tears in order to achieve the record-breaking feat.
“I had to re-strategize and reduce my wailing,” he said while adding that he was determined to cry for one week as he planned despite the difficulties encountered.
Ebere also verified that he had not submitted an application to the Guinness World Records (GWR), rendering his attempt unofficial. Like many other Nigerians, he was inspired by Hilda Bassey’s cook-a-thon record, where she initially cooked for 100 hours. Still, the official record stood at 93 hours and 11 minutes, as recognized by the organization.
Hilda’s achievement ignited a wave of interest among Nigerians to pursue world records, with one such attempt made by Chef Dammy, an Ekiti-based chef named Damilola Adeparusi.
The surge in these attempts prompted the Guinness World Records to respond through a tweet, advising people to apply and get confirmation from their team before striving to set a record.