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Lola Mewu Awaits GWR Certification for A New World Record After Painting For 82 Hours

By Azeezat Okunlola | Nov 1, 2023

Nigerian artist Oyinlola Odemewu, also known as Lola Mewu, has broken the record for the longest painting marathon. Lola, who had set out to paint for 72 hours, concluded the task on Wednesday morning, taking a total of 82 hours.

During her marathon, the artist produced a number of paintings, many of which are reminiscent of childhood scenes. All activities took place at the Safe House, Adeola Hopewell Street, Eti-Osa, Lagos.

After spending an extra 10 hours on her project than initially planned, the artist documented her success on Instagram.

"At exactly 4:30 am on November 1, 2023, LolaMewu dropped her painting brush after reaching the 82-hour mark in the @guinnessworldrecords longest painting hours record attempt," she posted. “She could not have done this alone, big thank you to everyone who assisted, supported, sponsored, and encouraged her through this tough journey of exceeding limits.”

Roland Palmaerts, a Belgian-Canadian artist, is currently holding the Guinness World Records (GWR) title for painting nonstop for 60 hours.

On Saturday, when Lola announced the attempt with a flier, she also stated that she had informed the GWR of her plans. To fulfill the requirement, Lola had also auctioned off and sold a number of the artwork. 

However, GWR has yet to respond to the new standard set by the Nigerian artist.

Since the beginning of 2023, a growing number of Nigerians have attempted to break existing world records. Lola is the latest addition to this group.

Hilda Baci, a chef from Nigeria, set a new record in June for the longest cooking marathon ever completed by a single person. It took her 93 hours and 11 minutes to break the record.

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