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Obi celebrates Nigerian artist for breaking Guinness World Record in painting

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, during the 2023 general election, has celebrated the accomplishment of a young Nigerian art student, Chancellor Ahaghotu, for breaking a Guinness World Record in painting.

Ahaghotu recently broke the decade-long record for the longest painting marathon by continuously painting for 100 hours.

“This is yet another gratifying story coming out of a troubled nation marred by successive leadership failure, and poor direction for her numerous young talents,” Obi said. “I congratulate the young talented student for this achievement which is an obvious attestation of his hard work, resilience, and commitment to his art.”

The former Anambra governor said Ahaghotu’s exceptional feat “clearly strengthens our belief in a New Nigeria that is possible.”

Obi encouraged the artist and other Nigerian youth to continue pursuing self-development through hard work, which he said would equip them with the necessary skills to excel.

“I encourage him, and other Nigerian youths to continue to walk the path of hard work and self-development which will equip them with the necessary skills to attain greater heights in life,” Obi stated.

Guinness World Record, on Wednesday, announced Chancellor, a sophomore at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to have surpassed the previous longest painting marathon record of 60 hours, set by Roland Palmaerts (Belgium/Canada) in 2013.

“I came to the United States to pursue my dreams and build up my career as a recognised artist,” Chancellor told GWR before embarking on his record attempt.

“Breaking the record will boost my recognition as an artist both in my school and the world at large,” he said.

Chancellor worked tirelessly over the course of four days to produce 106 pieces depicting all manner of subjects, including celebrities, food items, plants, animals, and much more.

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