A Nigerian, Tonye Solomon, has set a new Guinness World Record for climbing a radio mast with a football on his head.
This was announced by Guinness World Record (GWR) in a post on its website on Wednesday after Solomon climbed a 76-metres tall radio mast in the Southern State of Bayelsa in Nigeria.
GWR also stated that the new record holder had already shown his skills prior to the record after he walked 60 kilometres from Amassoma to the state capital, Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, with a football on his head regardless of the doubts from his companions.
“So, to prove them wrong, Tonye decided to demonstrate his skills by setting a Guinness World Records title for the most steps climbed on a ladder while balancing a football on the head,” GWR announced.
Tonye successfully achieved the GWR feat in August when he climbed to the 250-foot (76-metre) mast with only 150 steps, while expertly maintaining the position of the ball on top of his head.
“Tonye says he wanted to set this record to challenge himself and inspire others to do great things,” GWR added.
GWR went on to say that Tonye trained for the activity for two months and used all his free time to rehearse until he was assured of success.
It said the record setter was bold and fearless in the face of the great height during his second attempt to set the record, climbing the mast in just 12-and-a-half minutes.
“I was astonished because it’s never been done by anyone before,” said a radio presenter, Fish Jombo, who was part of the large spectators at the record attempt.
Tonye threw down the ball, after completing the 150 steps, and celebrated with a fist pump.
“It wasn’t easy,” he said. “I thank the Nigerian Civil Defense Bayelsa State Command for allowing me use their facility for this.”
Tonye is a member of the Chukwuebuka Freestyle Academy, which is led by Chukwuebuka Ezugha, a group which has produced a good number of GWR-breaking talents such as Victor Richard Kipo, Confidence Kipo, Kid Eche, and Kid Eche.