Who Is Failatu Abdul Razak?
Failatu Abdul-Razak is a Ghanaian chef and musician who is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual. She started her cook-a-thon on January 1, 2024 at 12:00 am at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, and plans to cook for more than 120 hours.
Faila is also an advocate for women and children’s rights, and has released songs that speak against war and child trafficking¹. She is married to Reginald Ofosuhen Adjei, a Ghana armed force personnel, and has one child.
Faila Cookathon Journey
Failatu Abdul-Razak had always loved cooking. Ever since she was a little girl, she would help her mother in the kitchen, learning the secrets of Ghanaian cuisine. She enjoyed experimenting with different spices, herbs, and ingredients, creating new dishes that delighted her family and friends.
She also had a passion for music. She learned to play the guitar and sing, and soon she was composing her own songs. She wanted to use her voice to raise awareness about the issues that mattered to her, such as women and children’s rights, peace, and justice. She released her first single, Piibu Piibu, in 2016, and it became a hit in Ghana and beyond.
Failatu dreamed of combining her two talents and making a difference in the world. She decided to apply for the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
She wanted to showcase the diversity and richness of Ghanaian food, as well as inspire other women to pursue their goals. She also wanted to raise funds for a charity that supported victims of child trafficking.
She submitted her application to Guinness, and after a few months, she received a confirmation that she was eligible to attempt the record. She was overjoyed and started to prepare for the challenge.
She contacted the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, her hometown, and arranged to use their kitchen and facilities. She also gathered a team of volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who would help her during the cook-a-thon.
She planned to cook for more than 120 hours, starting from January 1, 2024 at 12:00 am. She had to follow the rules set by Guinness, which included taking a five-minute break every hour and a 20-minute break every four hours.
She also had to cook a variety of dishes, each with at least three ingredients, and serve them to at least three people. She had to document everything with video, photos, and witnesses.
She was nervous but excited as the day approached. She prayed for strength and endurance, and thanked God for the opportunity.
She also thanked her husband, Reginald Ofosuhen Adjei, a Ghana armed force personnel, and her child, who supported her throughout the process. She hoped to make them proud, as well as her late mother, who passed away in 2017.
On January 1, 2024, she arrived at the hotel with her team and equipment. She was greeted by a large crowd of fans, media, and well-wishers. She also received messages of encouragement from celebrities, politicians, and influencers.
She felt a surge of energy and confidence as she put on her chef’s uniform and entered the kitchen. She was ready to make history.