Old students of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary, known as Pojoba National, have rallied behind Ghanaian Chef Failatu Abdul-Razak as she endeavors to break the Guinness world record for marathon cooking.
The General Secretary of Pojoba National, Mr. Joseph Oliver Bowers, expressed the association’s support and extended their assistance in various ways to the chef, emphasizing their belief that anyone related to the Pojoba fraternity is considered a part of their community.
“The husband belongs to the Pojoba 2011 year group. And as a fraternity, we believe that whoever is related to us is part of us. So we have something we call Pojoba Yere. And once you’re married to a Pojoba, we see you to be also our wife, so when we realized that she was embarking on this program, this competition. We thought it wise to support her because she’s part of the association by extension,” Mr. Oliver Bowers said.
The association has actively engaged its members, raising awareness about Chef Failatu Abdul-Razak’s cooking marathon and creating shirts to support her campaign.
Ghanaian Chef, Failatu Abdul-Razak has been preparing dishes on live TV since New Year’s Day in an attempt to break a world record for marathon cooking.
Failatu Abdul-Razak had cooked for more than 110 hours as of Friday afternoon at a hotel in the northern city of Tamale where she is aiming to break the Guinness world record for a cookathon of 119 hours and 57 minutes held by the Irish Chef Alan Fisher and is expected to end her attempt on January 10 after extending it from an initial 5 days cooking expedition.
The world record attempt is being cheered on and widely celebrated in the west African country.
West Africa, especially Ghana, has seen a frenzy of world record attempts in several categories since the Nigerian chef Hilda Baci claimed the world cooking record last May with a 100-hour performance before being dethroned by Fisher.
Celebrities, government leaders and hundreds of local people have visited the Modern City hotel in Tamale, where the chef’s record attempt is taking place. Visitors danced, sang and enjoyed the prepared food during the countdown to 120 hours.
Meanwhile, there have been concerns raised about the endeavour’s possible mental toll on the chef. Last month, another Ghanaian, Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum, although went beyond the current available record, was forced to end her attempt for the longest time spent singing, after her medical team said her body showed signs of mental stress.