Nigeria dancing breaks world records

The danceathon contestants who put Nigeria’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records were still shuffling their feet on the dance floor at the time of filing this report.

The former record of 52 hours three minutes was set in the United States of America in 2003.

The Nigerian dancers danced beyond the former world mark at 10.15p.m.last week, Saturday amidst jubilation and a rain of champagne to celebrate the heroic effort of the dancers who were sweating it at the studios of Silverbird Television, Lekki-Lagos.

The danceathon started at 6.11p.m. Friday with the dancers organised into four groups with 30 dancers each. Each party was named after popular animals-zebra, eagle and antelope in the Nigerian environment.

To emerge winner, a group must have at least 75 (23 persons) percent of its contestants at the last count. The winning group is expected to share the top price of 2 million Naira amongst its surviving members.

Organisers of the competition, Silverbird and Nokia said they were poised to fashion out novel ways of projecting Nigeria in a good light to the outside world. The danceathon was a huge spectacle while it lasted, keeping many television viewers in Lagos and its environ glued to their sets for the duration of the event.

At the time of the filing this report, one of the coordinators of the programme, Mr. Jaco Akinyemi-Johnson who spoke to the media said that Silverbird and Nokia were not only interested in setting a new world record but to give Nigerian youths something to live by encouraging them to put their creative energy into productive and efforts that add value to the community and the nation at large.

Besides the world record, the last person was expected to get an additional reward of 1.5 million Naira. It was not all smooth sailing for many of the enthusiastic contestants as some of them fell by the way side due to exhaustion, high-blood pressure and other medical conditions which the medics on set adjudged as high risk to the health of the contestant. ‘ This Day.

October 2006
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