Failatu Abdul-Razak, better known as Chef Faila, claims that the people who have supported her along the way as well as herself are the reasons behind her long hours in the kitchen.
After ten days in the kitchen, she successfully finished a 227-hour cook-a-thon attempt in an attempt to break a new Guinness World Record.
While recalling her journey, Chef Faila could not contain her tears as she talked about how it was not only about her personal success but also about leaving a legacy for her family and her hometown in the Northern Region.
“To change the story about my family, about the North. The vilification we young girls from that side of this country have gone through that we cannot say on camera. That number of hours from 120 to 227 and some minutes was in honour of all those people.
“I was willing to go on and on to die in that kitchen for them. If I died, I would be so proud of myself in the grave.”
Chef Faila clarified that she did this independently of financial incentive from anyone in an interview with TV3, a station based in Accra.
According to Chef Faila, she conveyed her appreciation to everyone who helped and had faith in her during her journey.
“This is for them. If today Guinness doesn’t give me the certificate in honour of what I have done, what happened in about fifty years till date, no youth has brought something of this nature that brought oneness, that brought unity that brought love that brought joy and happiness in all of the Northern Region and the nation as a whole.”
Faila cries after cook-a-thon
Chef Faila has thanked Ghanaians for their tremendous support throughout her ten-day attempt to break the record.
Thousands of Ghanaians, celebrities, and public figures attended the event, including actor Yaw Dabo, former First Lady Lordina Mahama, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and many others.