By John Ikani
Helen Williams, a skilled wig maker from Lagos city, has etched her name in the Guinness World Records (GWR) for crafting the longest handmade wig.
GWR confirmed the extraordinary accomplishment, noting that the wig spans an impressive 350 meters (1,150 feet).
Ms. Williams, with an extensive eight-year career as a professional wig maker, invested 11 days and $2,493 (£2,031) in bringing her vision to life.
The task proved far from simple, with challenges including the meticulous search for materials.
GWR quoted her as saying “I felt exhausted at certain points in the process.”
Undeterred by the difficulties, Ms. Williams found motivation in the support of friends and family.
In her own words, “However, friends and family encouraged me. I did not want to let them down, so I maintained my focus. The outcome is the longest handmade wig in the world.”
Reflecting on her journey, she highlighted that the most significant hurdle was securing adequate space to lay out the wig in a straight line for accurate measurement.
Eventually, this feat was achieved on an expressway connecting the cities of Lagos and Abeokuta.
This notable achievement follows the recent news of Nigerian chef Hilda Baci losing her title as the world record holder for non-stop cooking.
Ms. Baci had gained international attention earlier this year for her remarkable culinary endurance.