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Nigerian Starts 150-Hour Ironman to Shatter World Records

Apr 26, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Celestine Onele, an electrical engineer hailing from the Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, has embarked on an ambitious mission to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ironing marathon. His attempt began on Monday, April 22, 2024, at Real Exclusive Garden in Abakaliki.

Having received official approval from Guinness World Records, including a strict set of guidelines to follow during his endeavour, Onele is determined to surpass the current record held by Garric Standard from the United Kingdom, who ironed continuously for 100 hours in 2015.

Drawing on his childhood passion for ironing, Onele aims to elevate the record to an impressive 150 hours, showcasing his skills on the global stage.

Explaining his motivation and the process leading up to his attempt, Onele highlighted the rigorous scrutiny involved in obtaining approval from Guinness World Records. It took 18 weeks from the submission of his application to receive the green light, with specific guidelines to adhere to throughout the attempt.

One of the strict rules requires Onele to pick up another piece of clothing to iron within 30 seconds of finishing one. Only a brief 5-minute rest break is allowed after every hour of ironing.

Despite the challenges, Onele has garnered enthusiastic support from the local community. Residents of Abakaliki bring their clothes to the event centre for ironing.

Reflecting on his endeavour, Onele expressed his aspiration to leave a mark on the world stage. “If I surpass the current record holder, I will be the new holder for the longest marathon ironing by an individual in the world,” he said. “I am an engineer, but I love being inspired to do different things to put my name on the map.”

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