GWR: LASU VC receives world longest reading-aloud record holder

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A 500 Level student of the Department of Fisheries of the University of the Lagos State University (LASU) Asein Patience Angel Osariemen, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest reading aloud marathon (Read-A-Thon).
Osariemen achieved the feat by reading aloud for 230 hours spanning 10 days from the 26th February to 7th March 2024.
Osariemen was on Wednesday received by the vice chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello.
While receiving the Edo State-born bibliophile and her team, the VC expressed her excitement at her feat.
She said, “This is a great feat for which we are all very proud. Your feat is particularly pleasing because, at a time when the reading culture is gradually dying among the young ones, you were able to read continuously for 230 hours, which is a bold and loud step towards encouraging reading habits among youths.”
She added, “With this noble feat, you not only wrote your name in gold, you showcased our university in a positive light to the world. LASU has great talents, excellent students, and our duty is to continue to give them the right environment to thrive. I believe this achievement will motivate your peers and every one of us to achieve whatever we set our minds to do.”
She gave cash reward, souvenirs, and plaque to the student for her display of courage and resilience.
Earlier in his remark, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Moses Akanbi, who led the faculty’s delegation comprising the Head of Department of Fisheries, Prof. Abayomi Jimoh; and Director, DICT, Prof. Toyin Enikuomehin, to the programme, praised the VC for leading the university on the path of greatness.
He said, “Our vision is for LASU to become the best in West Africa, and we are already breaking ground on different fronts. LASU is being imprinted on the global space deliberately, and it is due to the vision of the VC. I thank the VC for choosing to reward excellence.”
Responding, Asein said, “When people ask how I managed to achieve this, I always tell them that LASU built the resilience to read long hours in me. My passion for reading was borne out of the long reading hours I had to undertake preparing for tests and examinations at the university. So I felt that if I could read long hours for exams, I could do it to promote my passion for the Sustainable Development Goals, which featured prominently in the books I read.
“LASU provided me with the conducive, safe, and secure atmosphere to study, and that was the ultimate rehearsal I needed for this Read-A-Thon,” she said.

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