HoR member, Akande-Sadipe, hails Guinness World Record-seeking Hilda Bassey

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A female House of Representatives member, Honourable (Mrs.) Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has shown support for a Nigerian chef who intends to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time, Hilda Bassey.

Bassey, the chef, who targeted a 93-hour cooking marathon, had, as of Monday, spent over 83 hours showcasing her culinary skills before a live audience.

Mrs. Akande-Sadipe, who represents Oluyole Federal Constituency of Oyo State, on Monday, cheered the foodpreneur and actress in a memo on her social media handles, describing her as a brave champion.

A statement by Akande-Sadipe’s Special Assistant on Media, Olamilekan Olusada, quoted the lawmaker as expressing “her heartfelt appreciation and unwavering support to the brave chef.”

He noted that Akande-Sadipe said her determination and incredible endurance was a testament to the remarkable strength and resilience that women possessed.

“You have become a shining example of what women are truly capable of achieving. Your dedication to this extraordinary challenge inspires us all and reminds us that there are no limits to what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it. Your commitment to pushing boundaries and surpassing expectations is truly commendable,” she was quoted as saying to Bassey.

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She urged women to “continue cheering Hilda on and wish her success,” adding that “I take this moment of Hilda’s determination to encourage every woman out there to celebrate and uplift Hilda in her pursuit of this world record.

“Let us join together in recognising her remarkable achievements and the milestones she has already conquered. Hilda’s journey is not only about breaking records but also about empowering women across the globe, showcasing our talents, prowess, strength and resilience.”

She also affirmed her support for Bassey, saying she was proud to see a woman making significant impact in the society.

“As a woman myself, and in my capacity as a member of parliament and the chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora, I stand firmly behind you, Hilda; and I am proud to see a fellow Nigerian woman making such a significant impact. Your determination serves as an inspiration to countless others, demonstrating that with dedication and perseverance, dreams become reality.

“Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you every step of the way as you continue this incredible feat. May your spirit remain strong, and may you find renewed energy during your well-deserved six-hour break. You are making history, and I have no doubt that you will achieve your goal of breaking the world record.

“Once again, I celebrate you, Hilda. Your journey is a beacon of hope and empowerment for women everywhere. Keep pushing boundaries, inspiring others, and reminding the world of the incredible power we possess,” she said.

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