Godswill Akpabio's Unity Choir Breaks Guinness Book Of Record

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a long while and even when you didn’t expect or anticipate it. But it happened in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, South-south Nigeria. A Nigerian choral group based in Akwa Ibom State during the yuletide broke the world record for the largest number of Christmas carol singers in the world.
The record, which has been officially certified by the Guinness World Records and pasted on its website, www.guinessworldrecords.com, was broken by the Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir, a 25,272  man-choral group, in a concert in the Uyo Township Stadium on Saturday, December 13, 2014 with Guinness World Records representatives in attendance.
The record consigned to the history books the former record of 15,674 carol singers, which was achieved one year earlier, 2013 (on December 15, 2013), by a group known as CENTI, Bogota, Columbia.  The Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir sang a medley of “The First Noel”, “Joy to the World,” “O Christmas Tree,” “Hark the Herald the Angels Sing,” “Once in Royal David’s City” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” in an electrifying rendition, which lasted over 20 minutes.
Guinness World Records adjudicator, Liz Smith, who did the announcement in Guinness World Record Headquarters, London, United Kingdom congratulated the choir and said: “It is now time to reveal the report of the official attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the largest group of carol singers.”
“Our team of highly trained record specialists has reached a decision. The record to beat was 15,674. I can now confirm that your attempt to break the record has been successful. Congratulations on receiving a new Guinness World Records title.
“Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir has achieved the title of the largest group of carol singers. You are officially amazing,” she said with delight.
Breaking the news to the Akwa Ibom people, Governor Godswill Akpabio said: “This month, we broke the Guinness Book of World Records, for the largest number of Carol Singers ever in the world. This momentous feat was achieved when Akwa Ibom people drawn from all the nooks and crannies of the state came together in the spirit of love and brotherhood.  I believe that if we imbibe the virtue of love and stand together in brotherhood in the New Year, we would keep setting records and the walls of division, which have been erected by some selfish politicians, would tumble down.”
In his comments, the Permanent Secretary, Protocol, Akwa Ibom State Government, and the organiser of the record-breaking choir, Mr. Aniekpeno Tom Mkpanang, described the Guinness World Record as “another feather to the cap of a record-breaking governor, who had already garnered record-breaking accolades and honours for his great visionary leadership from the academia, churches, traditional institutions and the global community. “Many of these institutions are places you cannot buy records from, which dispels the notion of sceptics that most such awards are bought. With this record from Guinness, earth and heaven celebrate him,” Mkpanang stated, explaining that the feat was accomplished via video adjudication audited by Alexander Forbes Consulting Actuaries, while Guinness World Records were the supervising actuarial agency. He further explained that two independent witnesses namely Mrs. Aity Dennis Inyang, a renowned music artiste, and Mr. Ukeme Udo, a lecturer in the Music Department of the University of Uyo, who were also in attendance confirmed the unique record. 
It was also learnt that a Lagos-based company, Arcezia Security Solutions, served as access managers and controlled the turnstiles that conducted the headcount of the 25,272 record-breaking choirs.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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