List of Kenyans who hold Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records, known as The Guinness Book of Records from 1955 until 1999 and as The Guinness Book of World Records in previous US editions, is a British reference book published annually that lists world records of both human achievements and natural extremes.

In Kenya, there is a group of people whose names have been inscribed in the Guinness World Book of Records. Are you aware that there are Kenyans who hold the coveted Guinness World Records?

These outstanding people have pushed the boundaries of their abilities, catching the worldwide limelight in extraordinary ways.

Jambo Daily honors the endurance and victories of these record-breakers in this article.

1. Chef Maliha Momahmmed

Chef Maliha Momahmmed
Chef Maliha Momahmmed / Photo by Citizen Digital

The chef from Mombasa holds the record for the longest solo cooking session.

She just won the title of the longest cooking marathon, clocking in at 150 hours and 11 seconds.

She endured five days of nonstop cooking to beat the record, testing her mental and physical strength.

“Every second felt like an eternity, but it was also an opportunity to push past boundaries.” This has been more than a personal accomplishment; it has been a celebration of the tenacity that every one of us possesses. “It has been a journey and a labor of love by Kenyans from all walks of life,” she said in interviews.

She had set a record of 90 hours and 15 minutes on her first try, which Nigerian chef Hilda Baci broke.

2. Eliud Kipchoge

He holds the record for the quickest marathon, running 2:1:39 at the Berlin marathon in 2018.

In October 2019, he became the first person in history to complete a two-hour marathon in Vienna, Australia.

That was the legendary INEOS 1:59 record, which earned him a statue at Nike Headquarters as well as multi-million dollar commercial endorsements.

Other Kenyan athletes on the GWR besides Kipchoge include Dennis Kimetto, Samuel Wanjiru, and Robert Cheruiyot.

3. Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge

World oldest Schoolboy - Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge Photo
World oldest Schoolboy – Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge Photo

He holds the record for being the oldest person to start primary school.

On January 12, 2004, at the age of 84, he became a global phenomenon when he enrolled at Kapkenduiyo Primary School.

This was following the Narc government’s implementation of free primary education.

Two of his grandsons were in the same institution as him at the time. He died on August 15, 2009, at the age of 90.

He was the inspiration for the Hollywood film First Grader, in which Kenyan actor Oliver Litondo plays his character.

4. Joseph Love

Love was a farmer from Kilifi who set a record for the most milk removed by hand in 24 hours. On August 25, 1992, he extracted 531 liters of milk from 30 cows.

However, the record may never be broken because the Guinness World Record organization has stopped accepting applications for that specific achievement.

5. Mohammad Adil Abdool

Mohammad Adil Abdool
Mohammad Adil Abdool Posing With His Certificate.

Abdool holds the record for the most burpees completed in 12 hours.

On July 31, 2021, he set an immortal record by completing 7, 415 bupees in 12 hours.

Burpees are a full-body exercise that incorporates squats, planks, and push-ups. It is an aerobic activity that is acknowledged to be quite difficult.

Abdool was born with a severe lung infection that progressed to asthma, according to a post on the Guinness World Records website.

He was able to beat the condition and keep the symptoms at bay for 11 years thanks to fitness and proper nutrition.

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Country Guinness records

Kenya as a whole has broken a number of other records.

For example, the country has the strongest plastic bag ban in the world.

Manufacturers, importers, and distributors of these bags who violate the rule face a maximum fine of $400,000 or four years in prison.

Using only one of these bags carries a one-year prison sentence.

Kenya is home to Grevy’s Zebras, the world’s shortest-lived Zebra species.

The African Skinner, the world’s most heat-tolerant bird, also calls this country home.

Contrary to common misconception, holding a Guinness world record brings no monetary advantages, merely a certificate and having one’s name immortalized in the records.