The Guinness Book of Records is a collection of records set by individuals or teams in various fields all over the world.
Many people attempt breaking one record or the other or setting brand new records each day.
Have you thought of whether there are Ghanaians involved in any of these records? If you have not, then let’s break the good news to you, yes, some Ghanaians are involved in some records in the Guinness Book of Records and today, we highlight 5 of them as published on the official website of Guinness Book Of Records.
1. Fastest 100 Meters (Male) Run Backwards
A record held by Ghanaian, Ferdie Ato Adoboe. It was achieved at the Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA on 25 July 1991. He did it in 13.6 sec.
2. Fastest Time To Walk Over 10 Obstacles While Carrying A Person On The Head (Standing On One Foot)
This was achieved on 27 April 2011 by Daniel Ashitey Amarh and Richard Mensah Ofori on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy. They did it in 21.83 sec.
3. First Brothers To Play Against Each Other At The World Cup
This is held by brothers, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jerome Boateng. They did this at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when Ghana played against Germany with Kevin-Prince representing Ghana and Jerome representing Germany. Kevin and Jerome both have a Ghanaian father and grew up together but choose to represent different countries professionally.
4. Longest Time To Spray Water Uninterrupted From The Mouth
This record is held by Ghanaian, Dickson Oppong aka Waterman. He did it in 46.86 seconds on the set of CCTV-Guinness World Records Special in Xiamen, Fujian, China on 10 September 2014.
5. First Use Of DNA Profiling
This was set by Sir Alec Jeffreys (UK), who invented the technique of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) fingerprinting at Leicester University, UK. However, the first use of his invention was carried out on a Ghanaian boy involved in an immigration debate.
The boy who was the youngest son of a Ghanaian family resident in the UK had paid a visit to Ghana, but on his return to the UK was caught in an immigration tussle. There were doubts as to whether he’s indeed who he claims to be. To test whether or not the boy was a substitute trying to enter the country illegally, Sir Alec used DNA reconstruction of known family members to confirm that the boy had the same father.