Wash-a-thon: OAU Student Lands In Hospital After 58-hour (Video)

The student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Subair Enitan, who embarked on a handwashing marathon (Wash-a-thon) to set a new Guinness World Record, has landed in hospital.

Enitan had ended the marathon in the early hours of Monday.


According to a post on the official X handle for the marathon, Enitan ended the marathon after 58 hours, surpassing her initial plan of 50 hours.

A video now circulating social media reveals that her hands have turned white and wrinkled as a result of the handwashing marathon.

She was also seen lying down on a bed that seemed to be in a medical ward.

The Guinness World Record is yet to announce Enitan as a new record breaker.


The 200-level in a bid to set a record for the longest hand cloth washing by an individual after applying to the Guinness World Record for the task last June.

She began the quest on Friday afternoon at the Student Union Building Motor park inside the University campus with thousands of students rallying around her.

Various students artist and University officials also paid solidarity visit to the task pavilion to cheer her to victory.

She completed the 58 hours around midnight on Monday from where she was taken in the School Ambulance to the institution’s clinic for a medical check.


Speaking before heading to the clinic, Enitan said she was fulfilled to have completed the task right in front of her mother, Omogbolabo Afolake, who was at the venue for over two days.

“I am very fulfilled to have completed the task right in front of my mum, friends and colleagues who thronged this venue to show love and support my ambition”, she said.


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Professor Yomi Daramola, on Sunday, visited Subair Enitan, a student of the institution as she completed her Guinness World Record for a 50-hour hand wash-a-thon.

The DVC was there to register the school management support.


Professor Daramola along with other students of the University, defied the rain and showed up at the venue where Enitan, pending confirmation, broke the Guinness World Record.

The DVC noted that the Vice Chancellor his warm wishes, adding that Enitan has made the university very proud.


A congratulatory message from the Faculty of Arts Students Association (FASA), OAU, urged students to come out en mass to celebrate her.

The message signed by the faculty, PresidentHammed Oluwashina, Public Relations Officer, Tunji- Ajayi and General Secretary, Jesulayomi Aquila, reads, “The Executives of the Association extend their warmest felicitations and commendations to Subair Enitan, who has achieved her desired target of 50 hours in her official attempt at the 50-hour WASH-A-TON.

Wash-a-thon: OAU Student Lands In Hospital After 58-hour (Video)
Wash-a-thon: OAU Student Lands In Hospital After 58-hour (Video)

“This accomplishment could pave the way for her to break the record for the longest individual handwashing session.


“We express gratitude to all FASAITES who have shown support and encouragement for her and earnestly request more support for her at this final stage. Subair Enitan, from the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, is one of us, and we cannot be more proud of her.

“As we anticipate the validation of her record, let’s come out in mass and celebrate with her. To celebrate alone is to enjoy, but to celebrate with others is to savor the true essence of joy.”

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