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GWR certifies Nigeria’s Chidinma Okafor for longest crocheting marathon

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The Guinness World Records (GWR) has certified Chidinma Modupe Okafor, a Nigerian woman, as the new record holder for the longest crocheting marathon.

In a publication, the British reference book revealed that Chidinma crotched a white dinner gown for 72 hours.

This feat broke the previous record of 34 hours and 7 minutes which was set by Alessandra Hayden of the United States in 2021.

GWR said Chidinma had to crochet continuously for the entirety of the attempt to successfully achieve the record.

This means that once she finished a ball of yarn, she had to immediately move on to the next.

Speaking on her new feat, Chidinma said that she aimed to “showcase the artistry and perseverance” in the craft.

The crocheter also spoke about her preparations towards attempting the crocheting marathon.

She added that it involved “rigorous training and mental conditioning”.

“I aim to showcase the artistry and perseverance involved in this craft and promote awareness about crocheting and its benefits,” she said

“My preparation for the record attempt involved rigorous training and mental conditioning. It also required physical endurance and strategizing to maintain a consistent pace while minimizing fatigue.

“Additionally, logistics such as arranging for sufficient yarn with support staff were crucial for the uninterrupted progress of the attempt.”

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Erica laments after her business class ticket gets downgraded to economy

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Big Brother Naija star Erica has taken to Instagram to call out an airport staff whom she claimed downgraded her business class ticket without her knowledge.

In the late hours of July 16, 2024, the reality TV star went on Instagram Live to passionately narrate the incident to her followers. “His name is Stanley and he’s from British Airways,” she began. “I paid for business class and they are trying to downgrade me to economy and I didn’t come late.”

Erica expressed her frustration and alleged unfair treatment. “What happened before? I wasn’t recording; I was on my own and then you called a uniformed person on me and said I was recording,” she recounted. “Now that I’m recording, even if you guys want to do anything to me, if you want to shoot me, everybody can see what you’re doing. Let me see what you guys want to do.”

During the livestream, she was seen surrounded by airport staff and men in uniform trying to calm her down; however, she reminded them of the thousands of followers witnessing the injustice via her livestream.

She added, “You have not seen the mad side of me in four years and now it’s out. I’ve been nice since and the niceness isn’t getting me anywhere but now I have to be nasty.”

Standing her ground, she told the airport staff to revert her ticket to business class, which she initially paid for.

She asserted, “Don’t bring problems my way and I won’t bring problems your way. Now you’re telling me, please. I came here all nice and you told me that you wanted to put me on economy. What the fuck? Did you all not collect the money? Give me what I paid for.”

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Yoruba actor Abija begs for money on TikTok

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Tajudeen Oyewole, the ace Nigerian actor better known as Abija, has taken to social media to solicit financial assistance.

The 66-year-old actor — famous for playing the role of a traditionalist in Yoruba movies — recently hosted a TikTok live session wherein he engaged with his fans.

In a now-trending video, Abija sought financial assistance from his followers while praying for them. He also appreciated those who donated money to his bank account.

“We will send it now Larry Larry. We will send it to the comment section. You will not be trapped by the evil people of this world. You will not live alone,” he said in the video.

“You will grow old. Larry you will grow in sound health. I have sent the account details to the comment section of Baba Legba. I appreciate you.

“You will also not beg to survive. The real Igbalaye, thank you. You will not suffer in life. The account is in the comment section posted by Baba Legba. Thank you, everyone.”

However, the actor did not reveal why he was begging for money. In the past years, several actors have sought financial assistance online, specifically for health reasons.

In mid-2020, the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) signed an MoU with Medicard Health Management, a health services provider, to end the practice of soliciting funds for medical emergencies among its members and independent Nollywood actors.

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Wizkid celebrates 34th birthday in style

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Wizkid, the Grammy award-winning Nigerian singer, has celebrated his 34th birthday with his partner and friends.

The music star was born on July 16, 1990. A party involving close friends was held for the ‘Made in Lagos’ hitmaker in a yet-to-be-identified location to mark the occasion.

According to a now-viral clip, the attendees sang “Happy Birthday” to Wizkid after which he burst into laughter upon seeing his cake.

Some celebrities who attended the party include Jada Pollock, the singer’s partner and manager; Naomi Campbell, the American model; and Tems, the Afrobeats star.

In another footage, the guests were all seen enjoying their meal while making a toast to Wizkid.

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