Treasure Olawunmi Bayode is attempting to break the previous record, and set a new Guinness world record for ‘The Longest Reading Marathon (Read Aloud).’
According to tweets on his twitter page, he plans to read for 120 hours straight with a two-hour break every 24 hours.
Bayode, who is holding his reading marathon at the You Read Library, Herbert Macaulay way, Yaba ii Lagos, began reading at 1:30pm on Monday with Nigerian novelist, Toni Kan’s Carnivorous City.
“I have always loved to read good materials right from when I was in secondary school,” he wrote on Twitter.
“I am doing this for the culture! For the reading culture. I am doing this for the youths; to remind them that education is the bedrock of development.
3 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS!
— iread_bayode (@iread_bayode) March 1, 2018
“I am doing this for Nigeria – for the world know we’re a great nation – and yes, we do have libraries!”
By Wednesday, he had already read for 48 hours.
“48 HOURS and counting!!! I started from Monday (13:30 GMT + 1), now we’re here! I am still on course to make history. Everything I have done and who I have become prior to this day has uniquely prepared me for this,” he tweeted.
48 HOURS AND COUNTING!!!
I started from Monday (13:30 GMT + 1), now we're here! I am still on course to make history. Everything I have done and who I have become prior to this day has uniquely prepared me for this!
— iread_bayode (@iread_bayode) February 28, 2018
Sponsors of the event include Guaranty Trust Bank, Tagheuer, Lagos state government amongst others.
The current longest marathon reading aloud record is 113 hours 15 minutes achieved by Deepak Sharma Bajagain (Nepal) at the Tudikhel Ground, Kathmandu in Nepal.
Bajagain began his book reading on September 19 and ended on September 24, 2008.