Sanya Atofarati, a prominent figure in the community of Ekiti State, has successfully completed a challenging task of watching television for a continuous period of 120 hours.
His determination was fueled by the desire to break the existing Guinness World Record for the longest marathon television viewing.
Starting on December 27, 2023, and ending on January 1, 2024, in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, Atofarati accomplished the targeted duration of 120 hours.
His ultimate goal was to surpass the current record held by Fragoso, a web developer from New York, who achieved 94 hours back in 2016.
When speaking to journalists in Ado Ekiti, Atofarati expressed his confidence in being officially recognized by the Guinness World Records, pending the examination and verification of the evidence he has provided.
He was quoted by The Nation as saying: “We are optimistic of being recognized as the new record holder because all the prescriptions outlined in our Personal Guidelines were meticulously and diligently followed.
“All our evidence requirements are ready because they were treated to real-time. It will be reviewed and submitted to GWR with the next 72hours.”
“By tomorrow (Tuesday), I will be making the first appearance in Ilawe Ekiti where I will be celebrating the success with about 100 widows.
“Watching TV for 120 hours has strengthened my knowledge base because I am better informed about the world and happenings around me which I believe will further enhance my capacity to deliver.
“I am of the belief that the exercise has further added value to tourism benefits in Nigeria. I thank Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Senator Biodun Olujimi; and the Director General, Ekiti State Bureau of Tourism Development, Amb. Wale Ojo-Lanre for encouragement and support.
“I also appreciate the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi; former Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State, Segun Adewumi; Ekiti State former Commissioner for Works, Mrs Funmi Ogun; Mrs Lanre Fajuyi; the host community under Elder Sunday Agunbiade; host of others too numerous to mention and my wife, Mrs Orobosa Atofarati.”