AIT reports that the Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of Christmas carol singers in the world.
The record was made on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Uyo Township Stadium and has been officially certified by the Guinness World Records.
The Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir is made up of 25,272 people and with the record consigned to the history books the former record of 15,674 carol singers, which was achieved one year earlier, 2013 (on December 15, 2013), by a group known as CENTI, Bogota, Columbia.
The choir sang a medley of Christmas carols, 'The First Noel', 'Joy to the World', 'O Christmas Tree', 'Hark the Herald the Angels Sing', 'Once in Royal David's City' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful', which lasted for twenty minutes.
The new world record was announced by Guinness World Records adjudicator, Liz Smith. "It is now time to reveal the report of the official attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the largest group of carol singers. Our team of highly trained record specialists have reached a decision. The record to beat was 15,674. I can now confirm that your attempt to break the record has been successful. Congratulations on receiving a new Guinness World Records Title. The title of the largest group of carol singers has been achieved by Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir. You are officially amazing" she said in her statement.
The record is pasted on the Guinness Book of World Records website, www.guinnessworldrecords.com.
Reacting to the announcements, the Akwa Ibom state governor said, "This month, we broke the Guinness Book of World Records, for the largest number of carol singers ever in the world. This momentous feat was achieved when Akwa Ibom people drawn from all the nooks and crannies of the state came together in the spirit of love and brotherhood".
"I believe that if we imbibe the virtue of love and stand together in brotherhood in the New Year, we would keep setting records and the walls of division, which have been erected by some selfish politicians, would tumble down" the governor added.