-Charge Ikorodu residents for support
Ikorodu Heroes, the social and developmental group of young Ikorodu indigenes, has charged the Lagos State Government to encourage Mr Olubayode Treasure Olawunmi, the holder of the Guinness World Record in Longest Marathon Read Aloud, and his team’s attempt to set a team record in the Guinness Longest Marathon Read Aloud.
The group also called on the residents of the Ikorodu Division in Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, to support one of its own, Bayode, and his group in achieving the enviable record.
Bayode and four others are currently reading for 480 hours commencing from Wednesday, December 1 to Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at the Herbert Macaulay Library, 338, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, with the aim of setting a group Guinness World record.
The 20 – day reading attempt is themed, ‘Read2Build’.
The President of Ikorodu Heroes (I – Heroes), Mr Seun Elesho, speaking with THE IMPACT after his visit to the venue of the reading attempt, also expressed his disappointment at the level of support that Bayode and his team have received so far from Ikorodu and entire Lagos State.
“I-Heroes calls on sons, daughters, residents and all well-meaning people of Ikorodu Division and by extension Lagos State, to support our own Mr Bayode – Treasure Olawunmi who is gunning for another record as he and four other readers are currently reading aloud for the next 480 hours right here in Lagos State to set a new world record”, Elesho said in a chat with THE IMPACT.
“The culture of reading is being re-introduced by this great man and we call on the Lagos State government to mandate students in public schools in the state to visit the venue. Apart from the fact that the event will help and inspire the students to open their books more, this will also be a motivation for the readers”, he charged the state government.
“When they see people around, especially students and well-meaning Nigerians, the readers will be more empowered, encouraged and be more motivated to continue in their task to set another Guinness World Record and bring honour to themselves and Nigeria at large.
Expressing his disappointment when members of the I-Heroes visited Herbert Macaulay Library on Thursday, Elesho said:
“We are disappointed when our delegate visited the reading centre at Yaba. We discovered that people, especially those from Ikorodu, have not visited to encourage the readers. We, therefore, charge our excellent loving people to please ensure they visit, especially with their children”, he charged.