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Osun Reading Hero, Ajao Smashes 214-Hours Read-A-Thon, Awaits GWR Confirmation



There was wild celebration across Osogbo metropolis on Wednesday, as Osun reading enthusiast, Samson Ajao smashed his 214-hour marathon reading-aloud attempt.

Ajao, who started reading on Monday, 6th May 2024 to beat the current Guinness World Record holder, Rybai Isako, ended the marathon reading aloud around 11 am on Wednesday.

In the company of supporters, friends, organisers and Iree Student Union, the champion, Ajao in an entourage was spotted at Olaiya, Ogo-Oluwa, Odi-olowo and Okefia axis projecting his great feat to Osun residents.

Since the commencement of the reading challenge on Monday, some important and notable personalities and government appointees across the state have been coming around to the venue to show their solidarity and support.

Among such persons include, the second wife of Governor Adeleke; Mrs Ngozi Adeleke, the Speaker Osun House of Assembly, Honorable Adewale Egbedun, SUBEB Chairman, Ibukun Fadiope, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Students’ Matters, Bashiru Aderoju, the Elerinmo of Er mo Ijesa, Oba Dr Micheal Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II, and the Rector of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Mr Kehinde Alabi among others.

A statement by Ajaos publicity team appreciated all the dignitaries, stakeholders in Osun State, students and members of the public who visited and supported him during his attempt.

The statement read, “In a triumphant culmination of perseverance, dedication, and unwavering commitment to literacy, Ajao Samson Olamilekan, the former Student Union president of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, has achieved a monumental feat in his Guinness World Record attempt for the longest marathon reading aloud. Against all odds, and with the grace of God and the collective efforts of supporters, Ajao has successfully surpassed the daunting challenge of reading aloud for an astonishing 214 hours and counting.

“The journey to this remarkable achievement has been nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment Ajao embarked on this ambitious endeavour, he faced numerous challenges and obstacles that tested his physical, mental, and emotional endurance. Yet, fueled by his passion for literacy and education, Ajao pressed on, refusing to waver in his determination to make a difference through the power of reading.

“Throughout the marathon reading event, Ajao’s unwavering resolve served as an inspiration to all who witnessed his incredible feat. His tireless dedication to the cause of promoting literacy resonated deeply with audiences, igniting a renewed appreciation for the transformative power of books and storytelling. Each passing hour was a testament to Ajao’s indomitable spirit and his unwavering commitment to breaking barriers and defying limits.

“But Ajao’s success in achieving this Guinness World Record would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of the community that rallied behind him. From fellow students to esteemed dignitaries, individuals from all walks of life came together to show their solidarity and cheer Ajao on every step of the way. Their unwavering support served as a source of strength for Ajao, motivating him to push through the inevitable challenges and setbacks that arose during the marathon reading event.

“In particular, the role of Ajao’s family, friends, and mentors cannot be overstated in his journey to success. Their unwavering belief in his abilities and their steadfast encouragement provided Ajao with the emotional support he needed to persevere through the long hours of reading aloud. Their presence at the event, cheering him on with every page turned, was a constant reminder of the love and support that surrounded him throughout his journey.

“As Ajao’s marathon reading event draws to a close, there is a sense of triumph and celebration in the air. The countless hours spent reading aloud, the sleepless nights, and the moments of doubt have all led to this defining moment of victory. But beyond the personal achievement, Ajao’s Guinness World Record stands as a symbol of hope and inspiration for future generations. It is a testament to the power of perseverance, the importance of education, and the transformative impact that one individual can have on the world.

“In conclusion, Ajao Samson Olamilekan’s Guinness World Record attempt for the longest marathon reading aloud is not just a personal triumph—it is a triumph for literacy, education, and the human spirit. Through his incredible dedication and unwavering commitment, Ajao has proven that anything is possible with determination, passion, and the support of a community united in a common cause. As he continues to count the possible hours close to the end of his remarkable journey, let us all join together in celebrating his achievement and honouring the legacy of hope and inspiration that he has created.”

Ajao in his appreciation speech expressed profound gratitude to God and further said “Thank you to everyone who supported and believed in this dream. We’ve reached an incredible 215 hours in the 214HOURSREADATHON!

“Your unwavering support has made this journey possible. Together, we’ve made a significant impact on promoting literacy and the love of reading.”

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