Having already broken the existing Guiness World Record in Reading, an Akwa Ibom on, John Obot of the Uyo Book Club is just about to set a new record and bring a new glory to the state-the third to come to the state.
The first ever record to be broken by the state happened when Aniekpeno Mkanang led a team of 25,272 young carol singers drawn from the 31 local governments of the state for a performance. The record is yet to be broken.
A few months ago, a Akwa Ibom daughter, Hilda Bassey also set a new world record in marathon cooking.
On Sunday, Obot broke the existing record of 124 hours marathon reading as he moves on to set a new record. His efforts are already receiving massive support from top Akwa Ibom people, including the governor, Umo Eno, the senate president, Godswill Akpabio and Mkpanang.
Mkpanang was at the venue of the marathon reading event, in the company of other members of the Uyo Book Club, to support Obot.
And on Saturday, Akpabio has wrote to Obot, urging him on. In it, he said “I am thrilled by your quest. This is especially true because you have chosen to seek global laurels on a road less travelled, and in a state, we have benefitted from the audacious and uncommon free education mantra.
“You have shown courage. You have displayed the resourcefulness of our forebears and the focus of the Akwa Ibom man in our recent history. Your dedication to this cause you believe in is unrivalled.
“I am to encourage you by reminding you that only those who stay the course eventually win the race.
“Keep up the quest, and never give up. Bring your light to shine on others who may have shown genuine interest but lack the courage to take the first step. Go ahead to inspire them and lead them through the courageous path – the only path that leads to victory.
“John, keep it up. Your place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the 145-hour reading aloud marathon is assured on the content of your character and a spirit that never gives up.”