A Nigerian man identified as Tonye Solomon has set a new Guinness World Records (GWR) title for the most steps climbed on a ladder while balancing a football on the head.


GWR confirmed Solomon’s feat in a post shared via X on Thursday. The record was set last month in Bayelsa state.

The British reference book said Solomon climbed 150 steps to the top of a 250-foot (76 metre) tall radio mast while “expertly keeping control of the ball atop his head”.


It said Solomon achieved the feat in just 12 and a half minutes and was “seemingly unfazed by the steep ascent” during the record attempt.

Speaking to GWR, Solomon said he wanted to challenge himself and also “inspire others to do great things”.

He said it took him two months to train and practice until he was confident that he would break the record.

“It was not easy. I thank the Nigerian Civil Defense Bayelsa State Command for allowing me use their facility for this,” he said.


Fish Jombo, a radio presenter who was present during the record attempt, said “I was astonished because it had never been done by anyone before”.

Tonye is a member of the Chukwuebuka Freestyle Academy – run by Chukwuebuka Ezugha.

The academy has produced several record-breaking talents such as Kid Eche, Vincent Okezie, Victor Richard Kipo and Confidence Kipo.

In June, Hilda Baci, a Nigerian chef, was certified for the longest cooking marathon by an individual. She achieved the feat in 93 hours 11 minutes.


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