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Top 10 Guinness World Records held by Africans

Top 10 Guinness World Records held by Africans

Africa, a continent abundant in diversity, culture, and tradition, is also home to numerous exceptional individuals who have set extraordinary world records in various domains.


From traversing the Longest distance on fire to assembling the largest gathering of people dressed as Nelson Mandela, Africans have accomplished astonishing feats that have earned them a distinguished place in the prestigious Guinness World Records.


Within this article, we delve deeper into the remarkable achievements of some of Africa’s most impressive world record holders.


Wayde Van Niekerk


On the 14th of August 2016, at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) astoundingly completed the 400-meter run in a record-breaking time of 43.03 seconds, securing the title for the fastest male athlete in this event. This remarkable accomplishment shattered the previous record set by Michael Johnson, which had endured since 1999.


Fela Kuti


Over the course of his 23-year solo career, Fela Kuti recorded an astounding 46 albums as a solo artist. This incredible musical journey began in 1969 with his inaugural solo album, continuing until 1992, with his final masterpiece.


Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge


In a remarkable testament to the human spirit, Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge (Kenya) defied age and societal expectations. At the age of 84, he embarked on his educational journey by enrolling in Standard One at Kapkenduiyo Primary School in Eldoret, Kenya, on the 12th of January 2004. Wearing the school uniform with pride, Maruge aspired to reach Standard Eight. His commitment and dedication were evident when he achieved outstanding academic success, obtaining straight A’s in English, Kiswahili, and math during his first end-of-term exams. As a reward for his exceptional performance, the headmistress, Mrs. Jane Obinchu (Kenya), bestowed upon him the honorable position of senior head boy.




Ayo Balogun, widely known as Wizkid, holds a remarkable Guinness World Record for his involvement in the first track to amass a staggering one billion streams on Spotify. The record-breaking feat was accomplished on December 16, 2016, with “One Dance” by Drake (Canada), featuring Wizkid and Kyla.


Chinonso Eche


Chinonso Eche (Nigeria) achieved a remarkable record by executing the most consecutive football (soccer) touches in one minute while flawlessly balancing a football on his head. He accomplished this astonishing feat during the filming of Lo Show Dei Record in Milan, Italy, on the 1st of February 2023, surpassing his previous record by an additional 22 touches. Eche nurtures the dream of becoming a professional footballer in the future.


Stephen Keshi


Stephen Keshi (born on the 31st of January 1961, Nigeria) holds the distinction of being the youngest person to triumph in the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach. At the age of 52 years and 10 days, Keshi attained this extraordinary feat as the head coach of Nigeria when they emerged victorious in the tournament at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 10th of February 2013. Keshi had previously won the tournament as a player in 1994, leading the Nigeria national team to a 2-1 victory over Zambia in the final.


Tuedon Morgan


Tuedon Morgan (Nigeria) accomplished an extraordinary record by completing the fastest time to run a half marathon on each continent and the North Pole (female). Her incredible journey spanned from the 8th of February


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My name is Ernest Arthur, a writer for MyNewsAfrica under the stage name Ernest East. I was born and raised in Dunkwa-On-Offin, a small town in the central Region of Ghana. As a journalist, I hold myself to high standards of accuracy, fairness, and integrity in my reporting. I'm committed to upholding the principles of journalism and to bringing transparency and truth to the news. Today, I stand tall as one of Ghana's most respected journalists, and I'm proud to have contributed to the growth and development of the country's media landscape. I'm excited about the future and can't wait to continue sharing stories and making a difference through my work. Email: Watsap:+233553678245