In an ambitious bid to break the Guinness World Record for the longest massage performed by an individual on different people, Nigerian masseuse Joyce Ijeoma faced a challenging and exhausting feat. However, her determination and physical stamina were put to the ultimate test as she collapsed during her grueling endeavor.
Ijeoma embarked on her record-breaking attempt at Lekki, Lagos, aiming to massage different individuals for a staggering 72 hours. The arduous task began on Saturday, July 1, 2023, but tragically concluded on Monday, July 3, when she succumbed to exhaustion and collapsed.
Footage captured during the attempt revealed that by the 50th hour, approximately 1:30 a.m., Ijeoma’s body could no longer withstand the physical and mental strain, leading to her unfortunate collapse. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the immense physical and psychological challenges associated with breaking Guinness World Records.
It is worth noting that the current record for the longest full-body massage is held by Alastair Galpin, who managed to perform a continuous massage lasting 25 hours and 4 minutes in South Kalimantan, Indonesia, in November 2015. With Ijeoma lasting an impressive 50 hours, there is a possibility that she may have indeed broken the record, albeit through a painstaking ordeal.
The inspiration for this recent wave of Guinness World Record attempts in Nigeria can be traced back to Hilda Baci, who achieved the record for the longest cook-a-thon in May. Baci’s accomplishment garnered recognition, and she was officially acknowledged as a record-breaker, receiving her certificate in June.
Ijeoma’s valiant effort and dedication in her quest for the record deserve recognition, as her determination pushed the boundaries of what is physically possible. While her collapse highlights the tremendous strain these endeavors can inflict on the human body, it serves as a testament to the extraordinary resilience of individuals who strive to achieve greatness.
It remains to be seen whether Ijeoma’s remarkable feat will be recognized by Guinness World Records, but her unwavering spirit in the face of adversity has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the record-breaking landscape.