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Why is the Guinness World Records dismissive to Nigerian feats?

  • Whenever a Nigerian accomplishes a feat it seems like it goes largely ignored.
Femi Kuti set the new record on Sunday, May 7, or so we thought
If you’ve paid any attention to Guinness World Records show on television, you’ll notice that there are several categories, some of them so obscure and seemingly ridiculous.
There’s a record for the most number of selfies taken in three minutes and then there’s the record for the longest cockcrow.
Seriously.
The longest cock-crow ever recorded took place on this day in 1995 - 23.6 secs, by a rooster named Tugaru-Ono-94 in Ueda City, Japan 
But whenever a Nigerian accomplishes a feat it seems like it goes largely ignored by the Guinness World Records organization.
First, it was DJ Obi who went on a 240-hour marathon to break the record for the longest disc jockeying set. Along with Obi’s well oiled PR machine, the move was well covered and got wide media attention.
When he completed the set after 10 long days, he got featured on both BBC and The Guardian (UK). All that was left was ratification by Guinness World Records. It never came.
As of now, the record listed on its website is for 200 hours set by Ireland’s Norman Selmaj in 2014.
Then this past Sunday, Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti broke Kenny G‘s 1997 record of holding a single saxophone note for 45 minutes 37 seconds. Femi clocked in at 46 minutes 38 seconds.
Of course, that’s amazing; certainly deserving of a recognition. However as the day went by, it became clear that even though Femi Kuti broke Kenny G’s record, there’s still a Guinness World Record holder: Vann Burchfield who did 47.5 minutes.
Confusingly though, when this Twitter user asked if Guinness World Records took note of Femi’s attempt so that it doesn’t become another DJ Obi case, the reply was an ambiguous ‘We have canceled that category’.
@4eyedmonk Hi Henry, this record category was rested several years ago unfortunately - we now only accept claims not using circular breathing
^Dan
@4eyedmonk Hi Henry, this record category was rested several years ago unfortunately - we now only accept claims not using circular breathing
^Dan
@GWR So you are saying Femi Kuti's "record" is not recognized?
@GWR So you are saying Femi Kuti's "record" is not recognized?
@4eyedmonk We no longer monitor a Guinness World Records record category for longest wind instrument note using the circular breathing technique
What that simply means is that even when Femi breaks the pre-existing record, it still will not be recognized by the body because they no longer monitor that category. Wawwu!
Femi Kuti himself said he was unaware of Burchfield’s record as he was only informed of Kenny G, but will attempt to break it at a later date.
He’s also been congratulated by Vann Burchfield by the way…
Did not know abt this.was told only abt KG's. I will go for this now. Just 4 personal reasons to prove I can πŸ˜Šmight take awhile πŸ˜„https://twitter.com/immanuelonradio/status/861867250743205888 
While Femi Kuti’s case was clearly no over-hype – try blowing a primary school flute continuously for five minutes and see how that works out – it is surprising at the Guinness World Record’s attitude to Nigerian attempts.
Kaffy‘s triumph in 2006 lasted only a few months before it was broken. It seemed like the body couldn’t wait to replace her with the new holder.
For an organization that is happy to recognize the fastest time to report a weather forecast, it is incredulous that Femi’s feat will not be recognized, no matter what happens.
As for DJ Obi whose triumph is almost a year old, Guinness World Records says he has to provide ‘additional evidence’.
@4eyedmonk Unfortunately DJ Obi's attempt hasn't yet been confirmed by our records team but we welcome additional evidence and are in contact with him

You still think there’s no hating involved? ‘Nuff said.

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