Africa is sometimes nicknamed the “Mother Continent” as it’s the oldest inhabited continent on Earth. With an incredibly diverse culture incorporating hundreds of native languages and indigenous groups, Africa is home to more countries than any other continent.
As a continent, it is known for going above and beyond in its attempt to expand its influence on the world – and the desire for progress has led to Africa claiming several official Guinness World Records over the years. Many of these records were achieved collectively and individually; however, in this article, Business Insider Africa will be highlighting some of the most impressive individual records held by Africans.
- Largest coffee sketch in the world
South African Artist Percy Maimela, in September 2019, won a spot in the Guinness World Record after he successfully created the largest mosaic made from coffee.
The artist completed his picture on a 5×5 meter canvas, with the sheet 100% covered in ground coffee with zero negative space to qualify for the Guinness World Record title.
- Tuedon “Tee” Omatsola Morgan is the proud owner of multiple records.
- The oldest man to swim across the English Channel
South African heart surgeon Otto Thanning, on September 6th, 2014, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel from Shakespeare Beach in Dover, the United Kingdom, to Wissant Bay close to Calais in France in 12 hours 52 minutes. At 73 years old, he broke the record as the most aged man from South Africa to swim across the English Channel.
- The most varieties of milkshakes commercially available
On February 5th, 2020, Guinness World Records declared Gibson’s restaurant in Cape Town, South Africa as the maker of the Most varieties of milkshakes commercially available. The milkshake restaurant offers unique 207 varieties to satisfy every consumer.
The Gibson’s record-breaking milkshakes include flavours such as fat-free shakes, Chocolate Brownie, Caramel Fudge, yoghurt and frozen yoghurt shakes, Lunch Bar, Butterscotch, Peanut Butter & Crunchie, Honeycomb, Toasted Almond, Nutella & Mascarpone, Oreo Cheesecake, Malva & Custard, Chocolate Peanut Brittle, Lemon Meringue, Chocolate & Maldon Salt, Coffee & Doughnut, Crème Brûlée, Milky Bar White Chocolate, Choc Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Brittle, Tiramisu, Milo & Banana, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Koeksister & Maple Syrup, Caramel Waffle, Raspberry Meringue & Cream, Ferrero Rocher Supreme, Berry Explosion, Real Strawberry, Chocolate Toffee Cashew, Butter Pecan, Apple Pie & Cream, Salted Caramel and so much more.
- Largest display of origami butterflies
Juanne-Pierre, a Cape Town-based artist, in December 2019, broke the Guinness World Record for the largest display of Origami butterflies – 29 416. The previous record – 20,266 butterflies – was held by a company in Japan that had its staff fold the butterflies. However, Juanne-Pierre individually folded each butterfly using commercially available origami paper, and it took 8 hours for a team of 5 people to complete the final count.
- The longest cooking marathon
Kenyan chef Ms Maliha Mohammed currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time. Chef Maliha prepared a list of 400 local and international cuisines recipes and cooked for 75 hours non-stop, setting the new record on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Kenya Bay Beach Resort in Mombasa.
The previous record for the longest cooking marathon was 68 hours 30 minutes 01 seconds and was achieved by Rickey Lumpkin in Los Angeles, USA, in 2018.