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Kenyan chef breaks world record for cooking the longest

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A Kenyan chef in Mombasa, Maliha Mohammed, 36, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking competition, individual category, after completing a 75-hour cooking marathon.

The chef, who started cooking on Thursday, August 15, at exactly 10am to Sunday, August 18, has beaten the record set by Rickey Lumpkin of California, US, who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second in December 2018.

TEARS OF JOY

Speaking to journalists at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Maliha, a self-made cook, who crafted her talent through YouTube videos, could not hold back tears of joy when she was announced a winner.

“I thank God, my family, Pwani Oil Company and everyone who contributed to my success of bringing this title home. I am happy to be the first female chef in Africa to earn this title,” Maliha said.

She clocked the 75 hours at 1:03pm on Sunday.

Despite the fatigue and swollen legs due to standing for long hours, Maliha prepared over 400 recipes of Swahili cuisine and other local foods from all over the country.

She also prepared some international cuisines including more than 10 types of pizza. She also cooked mandazi, biryani, chapati, coconut beans, chicken periperi, githeri, mukimo, fried fish, bacon and some juices.

The Jaffery Academy alumna’s signature dish is Korean chicken Bulgogi.

After being announced the winner, she could barely walk due to fatigue and she cried out in joy as her friends and family supported her.

Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

FATIGUED

“For every 12 hours, I had a break of 30 minutes for rest. I thank God for reaching this far. I am going to rest for a very long time,” Maliha added. S

She couldn’t talk much due to fatigue.

The chef had been preparing for the competition since last year December. When rehearsing in June and July for the competition, Maliha cooked for 36 and 54 hours non-stop respectively, preparing 100 recipes in the process.

Surprisingly, she has never worked in a hotel.

Pwani Oil Company’s commercial director, Mr Rajul Malde, congratulated the chef on her achievement.

“It has taken her a lot of effort and enthusiasm to achieve all this. We are hopeful that Guinness World Record will accord her a chance to travel and showcase Kenyan food to the world which will boost our tourism,” Mr Malde added.

The title will be confirmed two weeks later after Guinness World Records authenticates the videos and pictures taken throughout the 75 hours.

Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

GREAT HONOUR

Her daughter, Zahara Rashid, a student at Coast Girls High School was there to support her.

“We assured her of our support and we are very proud of her because she has definitely achieved her dreams. Owning this international title is a great honour and we are waiting to celebrate together,” she said.

By setting the new world record, the chef will join a galaxy of outstanding Kenyan achievers who have featured in the Guinness Book of Records including athletes Tegla Lorupe, Paul Tergat, Daniel Komen and Samuel Wanjiru.

Another Kenyan who has featured in the world list is Joseph Love who in 1992 milked 30 cows by hand in 24 hours.

In conjunction with the event, Pwani Oil also held a 9km walk to create awareness on cornea and other eye related defects.

“Those who participated will be screened. We also want to start a cornea bank in Mombasa and also create more awareness,” Mr Malde said.

The oil company offered a full sponsorship; from video shooting, assistants that helped her in food preparation, after the Maliha’s story was highlighted in the Nation.

In April 2018, she applied for the same competition and was nominated, but she could not take part in the event held in December last year because she could not raise enough money to cater for the expenses.

by nairobinews

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  1. Karen

    August 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I would like to offer my congratulations to Ms. Mohamed! I’ve only been to Kenya once a few years ago but I loved it and left a little piece of my heart there. The food in both the hotel and local eateries was wonderful with the produce of the freshest I’ve experienced. All of the meals she prepared sounded delicious! The world needs to experience more of the diverse foods of Kenya. Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration to your daughter, women of Kenya and all of Africa, and all women around the world !!

  2. Ato Hanson

    August 20, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I’m very excited and proud of my Africa and Kenyan Sister won the long cooking Chef Tittle to Africa.Let know that we can do better to advance our continent.

  3. K

    August 21, 2019 at 12:38 am

    OK, unrelated, but doesn’t anyone check their writing anymore at AOL? SO MANY TYPOS OR SPELLING ERRORS!

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Nyashinski changes his name through gazette notice

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Rapper Nyashinski has dropped one name from his official name. In a gazette notice issued on November 1, Nyashinski, whose real name is Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu, now wishes to only be referred to as Nyamari Ongegu.

Abandoning the use of his first name, Inyatta.

“Notice is given that by a deed poll dated the 10th April, 2019 duly executed and registered in the registry of Documents at Nairobi. Formerly known as Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the use of his former name Inyatta Nyamari Ongegu, and in lieu thereof assumed and adopted the name Nyamari Ongegu, for all purposes and authorizes and requests all persons at all times to designate, describe and address him by his assumed name Nyamari Ongegu only,” read part of the gazette notice.

Nyashinski is yet to reveal the reasons for his decision to drop the name.

It appears the rapper made the decision before celebrating his traditional wedding to his longtime girlfriend Zippy Jepkemei Bett.

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VIDEO: Sky News “Identifies” Kenyan who fell from a plane as more questions linger

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On 30 June 2019, a man fell from the sky and landed in the back garden of a house in south London. No one knew who he was or why he took such a risk – until now.

After an exclusive investigation, Sky News believes it has identified the stowaway. However, questions still linger over what exactly happened to the body, which was described by one of the witnesses as “intact because it was frozen.”

The British Media House has spent the last few months trying to determine the identity of this individual – including speaking to his family and friends – and has come to the conclusion that  he is a 29-year-old who worked as an airport cleaner in Kenya.

His girlfriend said they had planned to start a family, but he made a decision that virtually guaranteed his demise.

Earlier, London police released an e-fit image of the stowaway in hunt for his identity, and also released pictures of a bag that was found in the compartment and its contents were also released.

“This has been a very sad incident to investigate. This man has a family somewhere, who need to know what happened to their loved one,” a British police officer said while releasing the images.

“Our investigations has included liaison with the authorities in Kenya, from where the flight took off, but so far our efforts to identify this man have proved fruitless. I hope by releasing this e-fit someone known to the deceased will recognise him and make contact,” he added.

In the Sky News report, an employee of Colnet, a company that provides cleaning services at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, has identified the man as his workmate who went missing in June, Sky News reports.

Irene revealed that her colleague, Paul Manyasi, had gone missing at the end of June.

“We were at work in the morning…he suddenly disappeared. I called his phone it was off,” Irene, who was Manyasi’s girlfriend, told Sky News.

Manyasi lived in the sprawling Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum which is near the airport.

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Producer Tedd Josiah reminisces late wife in a long tear-jerking post

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Music producer and Businessman, Tedd Josiah has had to raise his daughter all by himself after his wife´s untimely demise that remains engraved in his mind till date.

Over the weekend, the legendary producer penned a long, yet soulful message online, that moved fans and followers to tears.

A dedication to his late wife, Regina Katar, who left behind an adorable daughter in a mysterious manner.

 

Tedd starts off:

I MISS MY FRIEND
What is grief like?

For him, grief remains a mystery, never to be understood.

Well it’s like the waves of an ocean sometimes they are high sometimes low but ur guaranteed they will hit. What causes them? Memories, jolts of confusion, uncertainty and moments of self doubt all play roles in this. How long does it take to heal? U don’t heal u just learn to walk with the limp.

Flashback

As he recalls that fateful day that his wife breathed her last:

Friday 7:30pm dinner at home with mama and JayJay she’d cooked rice and chicken and was happy beyond words… then a movie…. as JayJay slept between us on the couch.
After the film we went to bed and she’d talked right thru the movie!!!!
3am as she breast fed she complained that heat head hurt, took meds and threw them up. So we dashed to hospital 🏥 and she fell asleep and never woke up again.

And that was it! She was no more! He was shocked beyond words, some sort of trauma I´d say, left behind with a little girl to nurture all by himself.

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“The great Potter’s” When precious Jars 🏺 accidentally fall and break in Japan 🇯🇵 they put it back together with golden glue and their value increases immeasurably. But their is a potterer much greater that put our broken shards together and doesn’t need to use gold but rather just His Holy Spirit. God can make your broken shards vanish and make u a new. The old creation will vanish and a new u comes to life. Heart 💔break, death & loss, joblessness, broken dreams a loss of direction and vision, a broken home and health. He can make it all better because He can & Because the dust u walk on is all it takes for Him to breathe life into us. Before ur chards cut u and cut those around u ask the great potter’s to put u back together and make u new. As His word says “knock and the door shall be open…” He is a loving Good God 💕💕💕Happy Sunday

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His cry is one: ¨No child should ever be without a mother! NO CHILD!!!¨

He sheds tears no more because he lives to celebrate his late wife with the common phrase: ¨broken crayons 🖍 still paint so i will paint¨.

5am JayJay and i sat in my car confused lost and alone…. she’d just gone like that.
No child should ever be without a mother! NO CHILD!!!
My friend u were magic, rest cause every Friday it plays back in my head….
But broken crayons 🖍 still paint so i will paint
ASHKIM

 

His comment section is full of fans, moved by the message from a broken yet strong man who is a proud father to a growing baby girl.

As they share similar experiences, as others comfort him and give him a pat on his back for a job well done, so far.

May he find comfort!

BY Ghafla

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