Joshua Usoro, popularly called Jason, was officially recognised and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest dance marathon by relay, beating the previous record held by dance queen, Kaffy.
Jason told our Jason reporting staff said that his new record, 53hrs, 28mins, 47secs would not have been possible if not for the combined efforts of his team. He said
“I am really emotional, ecstatic and overwhelmed after all I went through— before, during and after the attempt. I spent one month organising all the documents, spent two months uploading over 200GB of data and took 12 extra weeks to get verified. Especially the fact that I failed at my first attempt in 2017. Coming back to break it is an unexplainable feeling.
“I had my first attempt in 2017. I was the longest dance marathon by an individual in which I danced for 63 hours but I didn’t break the record and had to re-attempt another record of longest dance marathon by relay in 2019 which we broke.
“At my first attempt in 2017, I was on oatmeal, smoothies and fruits but the recent attempt was a walkover because I had a team on board. It was a team effort. We did feel like giving up because it wasn’t an easy journey. Asides from the recognition, I have deals already coming my way too.”
Speaking on what drove him to want to break the record, Jason said,
“I didn’t take drugs to bounce back physically. I just had enough rest and a lot of fluids.”
“I started dancing at the age of five, which was the first thing I knew I could do. I learnt from James Brown, Michael Jackson, Usher Raymond, Omarion, P-Square, Kaffy, Chris Brown, Ginuwine and many other greats. I watched and practised all their videos and performances, and I developed a great body language while dancing.”
“Everyone was in support and we had some big brands on board, till my parents saw the rules Guinness World Records sent. It scared my family and they kicked against it a week to the attempt but I went ahead. I was under so much pressure but I believed and knew I could do it and I would be fine. I just had to show them. Right now, it’s a different story.
“My brother had to be present through it all to make sure it went well. The story behind the struggle to be a world record holder made me understand God’s plan. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without ‘Team Jason.”