Nigerian Woman Breaks Guinness World Record With 55-Hour Interview Marathon

Nigerian social media entrepreneur Clara Chizoba Kronborg has broken the world record for the longest interviewing marathon with a time of 55 hours 24 seconds.

 

The previous record was 37 hours 44 minutes by Rob Oliver (USA) in 2022.

 

Clara, who hosts a talk show on YouTube, interviewed 90 people of various nationalities and occupations, including politicians, business owners, content creators, actors, real estate agents and many others, the Guinness World Records revealed on Wednesday.

According to GWR, the conversations were centred around how each guest achieved success in their respective field.

 

It noted that Clara grew up in relative poverty in Onitsha, Nigeria, which fuelled her fascination with the concept of success.

 

Clara was quoted as saying: “This record attempt was about bringing together diverse individuals, sharing their inspiring narratives, and forging meaningful connections on a global scale.

 

“I am committed to amplifying voices, particularly those of hardworking women, and using their stories to inspire others facing similar challenges.”

Clara’s record attempt took place on a docked yacht in the Spanish city of Marbella, where she currently lives.

In addition to the usually sunny harbour being struck by a heavy rainstorm, Clara faced several difficulties during her record attempt.

She says her voice became “very hoarse and rusty” but she avoided losing it by drinking lots of water.

A report by GWR said, “As with all ‘longest marathon’ record attempts, Clara accrued five minutes of rest time after each hour of interviewing; only during these breaks was she permitted to nap, change her clothes, or go to the bathroom.

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“So, to compensate for the large volume of water she was consuming, Clara wore adult diapers throughout her record attempt.”

 

“Even worse, my period started the same day, and I was already having intense menstrual cramps,” she revealed.

 

“At some point I was literally dripping pee and period stain, but I persevered and kept my eyes on the goal. To anyone who ever reads this, once you find your purpose, go after it with everything you’ve got.”

 

Clara also reportedly suffered neck and back aches, which her team relieved with massages during her rest breaks.

 

The report said she also struggled with sleepiness at multiple points but according to her, she gained a “battery recharge” every time she began interviewing a new guest, as she was eager to hear their story.

 

Enduring all the hardships was worth it for Clara, who says it feels “surreal” to now hold this world record.

 

“Recalling everything I went through physically, mentally, financially, emotionally – it feels so unreal,” she said.

 

“I am extremely proud of this accomplishment because I know lives have been touched and changed.

 

“This achievement is dedicated to all those who dare to dream and persist, regardless of the challenges they face.”

Clara’s achievement comes a few days after fellow Nigerian, Tunde Onakoya, set a new Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess.

Onakoya on Wednesday recounted how he cancelled his flight returning to Nigeria from the United States to embark on the chess marathon.

He also noted that he walked to the chess board with sickness, tears in his eyes, fear and uncertainty.

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Onakoya said that two days before the record attempt, his health failed him, and it was so bad that he started sneezing blood and coughing violently but he was resolute to embark on the attempt to set a new record.

“After 60 hours of mental torture, we set a new record for the longest chess marathon in the world. We pushed human limitation and gave the world something new to believe in,” he said.

The challenge was held at New York City’s iconic Times Square.

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