Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
The World Guinness Records, has granted approval to Prince George Ogwuru, a fresh graduate of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), to hold 72-hour marathon quiz competition to break a new Guinness World Record for the longest quiz marathon.
This is contained in a statement by the 25-year-old graduate of Plant Health Management issued Thursday in Umuahia, Abia State.
According to the statement made available to Ikengaonline, the competition is aimed at promoting lifelong learning, and raising awareness on the importance of Agriculture.
Guinness World Record had in its approval letter to Ogwuru said: “We are pleased to inform you that your application has been accepted under the following title: Longest Marathon as a quiz Master.”
The approval letter marked, 230614174306lmaa, was dated November 28, 2023.
Ogwuru graduated in September 2023, and is still waiting for call-up for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
He said he planned to use the competition to inspire reading culture and competition among the youths, adding that several students have indicated interest in the competition.
“My goal is to raise awareness on the importance of Agriculture and its role in our society. Through this an extraordinary feat, I aspire to inspire young minds, demonstrate the importance of mental fitness and brain power, instill a love for reading and bring Nigerian students all over the nation in the spirit of friendly competition.
“In preparation for this momentous challenge, I have meticulously planned my approach. I have carefully selected a wide range of Agriculture-related courses that will engage and captivate the students (secondary and tertiary). By creating an outline for each piece, I will ensure a cohesive and well-structured collection of written 6000 Agricultural questions.”
“Agricultural students who are willing to exercise academic prowess Crop Protection (Plant Health management), Agronomy, Soil Science, Animal Science, Fishery, Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Technology, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Rural sociology and Extension.”
On the nature of the competition, Ogwuru said there would be only five minutes break intervals for every one hour through out the three days.
The competition according to the statement, is scheduled for April 23 – 27, 2024 at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State.
“With a deep passion for education and agriculture, unwavering commitment to promote agriculture, I am excited to embark on this remarkable journey. Through this Guinness record attempt, I hope to leave a lasting impact on young farmers, encouraging them to explore the diversities in the agricultural sector.
“I am ready to face this challenge head-on, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of quiz marathon,” the statement added.
Participation in the exercise, according to the statement, is free.