Nigerian Chef Hilda Baci Sets New World Record, Earns Support from Burna Boy and Beyond

Written by on May 15, 2023

Chef Hilda Baci

Chef Hilda Baci and Burna Boy

Burna Boy drums support for Hilda Baci as she sets new world record

Nigerian chef Hilda Baci has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest individual cooking marathon, surpassing the previous record of 87 hours and 45 minutes held by Lata Tondon from India. Hilda achieved this feat at 7:46 am on Monday, May 15, 2023, by cooking for 87 hours and 46 minutes. She began her marathon cooking session at 4 pm on Thursday, May 11, and aimed to continue until 4 pm on May 15 to achieve her goal of reaching a record-breaking 96 hours.

This incredible achievement has garnered widespread attention and support, with Nigerians and people from around the world taking to social media to congratulate and encourage Hilda. Many celebrities and politicians have also shown their support, with some visiting the venue in Lekki where Hilda has been cooking to offer their well wishes and support.


One of the most notable supporters of Hilda is the renowned Nigerian Afrobeat artist Burna Boy. In a tweet, he expressed his support for Hilda and her record-breaking endeavor, stating, “Go Hilda. We are rooting for you to break that record. And I trust that the food will go sweet and die.” Burna Boy’s endorsement is significant, as he is one of Nigeria’s most prominent musicians and has a significant influence on the country’s youth culture.

Hilda’s achievement is a testament to her dedication, passion, and talent as a chef. Cooking for almost four consecutive days requires immense physical and mental strength, and Hilda’s success is a testament to her resilience and determination. Moreover, her accomplishment has also brought attention to the culinary arts in Nigeria, showcasing the country’s diverse and rich food culture.


The support that Hilda has received from politicians, celebrities, and brands is also noteworthy. Many have offered their assistance and encouragement, recognizing the significance of her achievement and the potential impact it could have on the Nigerian food industry. Brands such as Vesti and Zaron Cosmetics have shown their support, highlighting the potential for collaboration between the culinary arts and other industries.

Chef Hilda Baci

Chef Hilda Baci and Supporters


Hilda’s success is also a reminder of the importance of setting and achieving goals. Despite the challenges she faced during the cooking marathon, she persisted and achieved her goal. Her accomplishment is a source of inspiration to many, especially young people who may be struggling to pursue their passions or achieve their dreams.


Hilda Baci’s achievement is an inspiration to young Nigerians, especially women, who may face discrimination and obstacles in their pursuit of their dreams. Her story shows that with hard work, determination, and a strong support system, anything is possible.

In addition to inspiring young Nigerians, Hilda Baci’s achievement also highlights the potential of the Nigerian food industry. Nigeria has a rich culinary heritage, and Baci’s marathon cooking session showcased some of the best dishes from the country. It is time for Nigeria to capitalize on its culinary potential and promote its food industry both locally and internationally.


To achieve this, the government and private sector must work together to create an enabling environment for the food industry to thrive. This could include policies to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the food industry, investing in research and development, and promoting Nigerian cuisine as a tourist attraction. Nigeria has a rich diversity of traditional dishes and ingredients, from jollof rice to suya, and these can be showcased to the world through culinary tourism.

Hilda Baci’s achievement in breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest individual cooking marathon is a remarkable feat that deserves to be celebrated. Her achievement highlights the potential of the Nigerian food industry and serves as an inspiration to young Nigerians, especially women. It also underscores the importance of perseverance, resilience, and community support in achieving one’s goals. As Nigerians, we should continue to support and celebrate one another’s achievements and work together to promote the country’s culinary potential.


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