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Akwa Ibom State Choir Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Number of Christmas Carol Singers



Akwaibom choirThe Akwa Ibom State choir has broken the Guinness world record for the largest number of Christmas carol singers in the world.

According to Vanguard, the record was previously held by a group called CENTI in Bogota, Columbia, which 15,674 carol singers in December 2013. However, Akwa Ibom’s Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir broke the record with its 25,272 member-choral group on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

The group convened at Uyo Township Stadium, where they performed carol favourites, including: 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.

After their performance, which was said to be outstanding, Guinness World Records adjudicator, Liz Smith, made the announcement, congratulating the group for breaking the record, and describing them as “officially amazing.”

Commenting on the milestone, Governor Godswill Akpabio said “…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.”

Congrats to the Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir! 🙂


  1. chee

    January 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Oh gosh,anytime I remember Akpabio’s speech dat day,i just smile to myself,he lifted me out of my low mood just watching him speak on my telly…he goes “9,999 magnificent voices praising God in a magnificent stadium in a magnificent way(oh my God),that guy is an orator,google his speech and u’ll be glad u did!

  2. Kachi

    January 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Godswill Akpabio well-done!

  3. rachealb brown

    January 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    wow! there is always something awesome about akwa ibom

  4. NaijaPikin

    January 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This is what happens when your state is led by someone with a brain. Akwa Ibom knows it cannot compete with Lagos or Abuja, so what does the state do? It creates a niche for iteself.

    Akwa Ibom fast becoming the state for tourism. Watch how the state grows tremendously. Tourism money is a good source of susainable income for the state.

    • tunmi

      January 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Correct. Tourism is such a big business.

  5. bruno

    January 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I know the governor of this state will not let us hear word again after this. any small thing he will mention this as an achievement.

  6. Cee

    January 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Bruno ur a sad, sad, sad man…u need love in ur heart…Lol. Congrats Godswill…a milestone well deserved

  7. bruno

    January 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    he even named the choir after himself. Godswill Akpabio Unity Choir!


    nigerian politicians are somehow. their ways are not pure. smh

  8. funmilola

    January 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Milestone indeed!
    This was a total waste of money,how does this have impact in the life of an average akwa-ibomite?religion and government are two different things entirely.if the governer says how much he spent for that “milestone” ba,you will all shocked.

    • ken

      June 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      well, it promotes unity, through participation and also increase Akpabio’s fan-base across the state! because people from villages travel to become part of the history of their state

  9. funmilola

    January 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm


  10. NagosBigBoi

    January 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Am I the only one not thrilled by all this “biggest” stadium/choir stuff? This na “Dubai syndrome”?

  11. NaijaPikin

    January 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    You are right, it is Dubai syndrome, and see how people are trooping down to dubai and fueling their economy in doing so.

    So it might just be a strategic plan regardless of i we like it or not.

  12. sammy

    December 26, 2015 at 12:32 am

    No matter how much he spent to organize this world biggest choiir, it worth it. Is it beter than taking the people money to go and hospitals and refinaries abroad, it not only promote unity but most especcially it brings glory to the God of music. No mater what akpabio has tried for us

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