On January 10, Chef Faila Abdual Razark made history by completing a 9-day and 11-hour cooking marathon, attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous cooking session.
Razark now joins a growing list of Ghanaians making headlines for their Guinness World Record attempts, marking the third such endeavor in the past month.
Ghana’s connection with Guinness World Records dates back to 1969, showcasing a rich history of remarkable achievements. Here, we explore some notable records held by Ghana or its citizens:
- Most Penalties Missed by an Individual at the FIFA World Cup (Excluding Shoot-outs): Asamoah Gyan, Ghana’s all-time top scorer, made it to the records for missing penalties at the World Cup twice. The unforgettable miss against Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals remains etched in the memories of Ghanaians.
- First Use of DNA Profiling: In 1985, DNA profiling made its practical debut when it was used to establish the paternity of a Ghanaian involved in an immigration dispute. Sir Alec Jeffreys, a British scientist, developed the method at Leicester University.
- Fastest Time to Walk Over Ten Obstacles While Carrying a Person on the Head: Ghanaian acrobats Daniel Ashitey Amarh and Richard Mensah Ofori set the record in 2011, achieving the fastest time to walk over ten obstacles while carrying a person on the head (standing on one foot) in Milan, Italy.
- First Brothers to Play Against Each Other in a FIFA World Cup: Kevin and Jerome Boateng, born in Germany to a Ghanaian father, made history during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first siblings to play against each other in a World Cup match, representing Ghana and Germany, respectively.
- Largest Reservoir – Surface Area: In 1969, Guinness World Records recognized the Volta Lake as the world’s largest man-made lake by surface area, covering an impressive 8,482 km².
- The Shiniest Living Objects in the World: Ghana boasts the shiniest living objects globally – the fruits of the marble berry Pollia condensata. Scientifically proven to reflect about 30% of total light, these fruits surpass other biological materials in light reflectivity.
- Ghana 2004 General Elections: The 2004 general elections in Ghana entered the Guinness World Records for the most votes cast across 58 presidential and parliamentary elections worldwide, with over 1.1 billion voters participating.
As Chef Faila Abdual Razark joins the ranks of Ghanaians in the pursuit of Guinness World Records, the country’s legacy of extraordinary achievements continues to shine on the global stage.