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Nigeria’s Joshua Musa Sets World Record in Food Tower Challenge

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A 31 year old graduate of Fisheries Technology at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Alkali Joshua Musa, at weekend, set a new Guinness World Record by stacking a 3.5 food package Tower.

The Gombe indigene set the new record which surpassed the previous 3.3 metre record achieved by Heinz Africa, and Middle East FTZ and Majid Al- Fulham in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Joshua Alkali Musa standing beside the 3.5 metres food tower at weekend.


Alkali’s first attempt on February 23, around 9.30am, faced challenges when the food packages, stacked up to about 4 metres high, crumbled. However, in spite of the crashing of the food tower, Alkali remained undeterred.

He started all over again from the base and successfully reached theb3.5 metre record.

Filled with emotions after setting the new World Record, elated Alkali told journalists that he was determined to make it happen.

“Despite my efforts in the first attempt, it doesn’t work out as planned. I persevere because l wanted to break the world record. I know that if l achieve my aim, it would be a source of motivation to the younger ones who are watching me. Though l felt disheartened when my first attempt crashed down but l told myself l could only be accepted if l surpass the old record, and this have me courage to persevere and achieved the target,” he said.

Speaking on what led him to take up the challenge of breaking the previous World record, he said it was as a result of high level of food insecurity and malnutrition in Northern Nigeria adding that he decided to set the new Guinness World Record of the tallest food Tower in the world to send a message to the world to stand up and give strategic support to curb food and malnutrition insecurity in the country.

Alkali explained that during his fir attempt, in January 2024, he was motivated to embark on the venture because of the experiences in Maiduguri, where insurgency left thousands of displaced children homeless and hungry at various internally displaced persons camp (IDP).

He added that his motivation stemmed from the Save the Children Organisation’s estimate of about 7.7 million malnourished children are in the North East alone.

Alkali believed that his feat will enhance the campaign on nutrition and food security in the Northeast geo- political zone of the country.

The 31 year old graduate of Fisheries Technology hails from Shongom Local Government Area in Gombe South Senatorial District. He set new World record at the Model Primary School, Talasse, Balanga Local Government Area, after a failed attempt on June 26, 2023.

After he successfully set a new World record, Alkali, supported by his colleagues, distributed the cooked rice and other nutrient to the pupils of Model Primary School, Talasse.

Alkali expressed gratitude to the Gombe State Universal Basic Education and the senator representing Gombe South Senatorial District, Senator Anthony Siyako Yard, and other people who supported him morally and financially including people who come to encourage him while attempting to break the old world record of the tallest food tower around the world.


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