Ghanaian Activist Sets Guinness World Record By Hugging 1,123 Trees

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku
Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku
Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku is a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

A Ghanaian environmental activist has set a record after hugging trees.

According to the Guinness World Record, 29-year-old Abubakar Tahiru hugged a total of 1,123 trees, averaging almost 19 per minute.

Abubakar, who grew up in a farming community in Tepa, Ghana, developed a keen interest in nature and its conservation.

He moved to Alabama, USA, last year to begin his master’s degree in forestry at Auburn University after he completed his undergraduate degree specializing in forestry at one of Ghana’s top universities.

Abubakar’s record attempt took place at Tuskegee National Forest, one of four national forests in the timber-rich state of Alabama.

Guinness World Record defines a tree hug, for this record, as both arms wrapped around a tree in a close embrace. No tree may be hugged more than once, and no damage can be caused to any tree or else the attempt is disqualified.

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He was fasting while trying to set the record.

“Not being able to drink water throughout the attempt posed a significant challenge, especially given the physical exertion required.

“However, this also proved to be helpful in a way, as there was no need to pause for water breaks, allowing me to continue the attempt uninterrupted from start to finish,” Abubakar Tahiru stated.

He added: “Achieving this world record feels incredibly rewarding.

“It’s a meaningful gesture to highlight the crucial role of trees in our ecosystem and the urgency of environmental conservation.”

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