About Abubakar Tahiru, The Ghanaian Man Who Set A Guinness World Record For Hugging 1,123 Trees

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A Ghanaian man, Abubakar Tahiru, has set a Guinness World Record after hugging 1,123 trees.

The environmental activist, according to the Guinness World Record, hugged a total of 1,123 trees, averaging almost 19 per minute.

Abubakar, 29, hails from Tepa, a farming community in Ghana. He developed a keen interest in nature and its conservation while growing up.

The young man relocated to Alabama, USA, in 2023 to start 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.

His record attempt came off at Tuskegee National Forest, one of four national forests in the timber-rich state of Alabama.

Guinness World Record indicated that both arms should be 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.

Interestingly, Abubakar was fasting when he attempted to set this 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,” he stated.

“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,” Abubakar Tahiru added.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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