We are failing because of our mentality to rules – Ghanaians react to Chef Faila’s cook-a-thon disqualification

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In barely a week, two Ghanaians whose attempts at the Guinness World Records for the longest cooking and singing marathons gained prominence, have seen their respective applications rejected by the global awarding body.

Afua Asantewaa Aduonum, who attempted to break the record for the longest singing marathon by singing for over five days, had her attempt rejected by the Guinness World Records on February 24, 2024.

“Unfortunately Afua’s Guinness World Records attempt for the longest singing marathon was not successful, but we hope that she will make another attempt soon. We’ve seen how inspirational it has been for her fans,” Guinness said in an X comment.

Following that, on Sunday, March 3, 2024, the coordinator for Chef Faila, who also attempted the longest cooking marathon record, Kafui Dey, announced that her application had been rejected by the Guinness World Records.

According to the statement, the Guinness team, in their official communication with Chef Faila, cited her violation of the rest-break rules during the cook-a-thon as the basis for the disqualification.

“The attempt, which captivated audiences worldwide, unfortunately, fell short of meeting the stringent guidelines set forth by Guinness World Records. A statement from the Records Management Team cited a violation of the rest break rules, resulting in an unsuccessful attempt,” the statement said.

Following the statement, several Ghanaians have taken to social media to react to the announcement.

While acknowledging the resilience and ambition exhibited by Chef Faila and Afua Asantewaa in their attempts, some Ghanaians expressed concerns over the growing trend of rejections being chalked by their fellow citizens in their respective Guinness World Records attempts.

Victor Elorm Morgah, a Facebook user attributed the trend to a Ghanaian attitude of being lax when it comes to applying and adhering to rules.

“We’re failing these GWR attempts partly because of our Ghanaian mentality. Instead of being firm in applying rules, there’s always that element of leniency. We don’t show up on time or apply time as we should and always give excuses. During Afua Asantewaa’s attempt, she was breaking a lot of rules after day 2 with the breaks and repeating some same songs in the same hour which is clearly against the rules. We were told she’d do more hours to cover for those mistakes. Apparently, GWR thinks otherwise.

“Chef Faila GWR’s attempt too has been disqualified for these same time breaks. Aaaba. If you can’t be disciplined and apply the rules, forget it. Nobody goes show you ’Ghanaian’ leniency at GWR. No go waste our time and emotions,” he wrote.

Read some social media reactions to Chef Faila’s disqualification below:


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