Obafemi Awolowo University student Subair Enitan’s ambitious endeavor to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous handwashing marathon took an unexpected turn, culminating in her hospitalization on Monday.
Enitan, determined to secure her place in the record books, had initially completed the marathon after an impressive 58 hours – surpassing the target she had set for herself. However, her achievement has yet to be officially recognized by Guinness World Records.
A video circulating on social media shows Enitan lying on what appears to be a hospital bed, her hands visibly affected by the prolonged handwashing. Reports suggest her hands have become white and wrinkled as a consequence of the marathon.
This attempt follows a trend among Nigerians striving to break Guinness World Records, inspired in part by Hilda Baci’s rise to fame for breaking the Cook-a-thon record. Hilda, a 26-year-old Nigerian chef, officially held the title for the longest cooking marathon in June.
During her remarkable four-day culinary feat from May 11 to May 15, Hilda cooked over 100 pots of meals. Although she aimed to surpass the 100-hour record, an extended rest break early in the attempt led to over seven hours being deducted from her total, according to Guinness World Records.
Hilda had initially surpassed the previous record set by Lata Tondon of India in 2019, who held the title with 87 hours and 45 minutes.
Enitan’s hospitalization serves as a reminder of the challenges and potential health risks associated with extreme record-breaking attempts. As her story unfolds, the question remains whether her efforts will gain the official recognition she sought from Guinness World Records.