Collins Chukwuemeka Whitworth, a 400 level civil engineering student at Bayero University, Kano (BUK), is aiming to break the Guinness World Record. The Kano-based indigene of Delta State is just beginning his journey to break this record.
This record breaking began at 4pm sharp on Saturday at the Ramat parking lot of the BUK main campus, where a large number of students and Kano residents gathered to show support and cheer him on in spirit.
The Face Painter–Whitworth believes that painting is more than just painting with colours. The world needs to know about its beauty and its meaning: love, unity and peace.
On Sunday, just before the challenge began, he told a news correspondent: I do this as part of my job.
In my opinion, makeup should not be limited to parties and birthday parties.
The world needs to know the beauty of colour. “One of the properties of colour is that it symbolises love, peace, and unity. If I could make this clear to people today, they should know that painting is more than just colour. I draw flags of different countries on people’s faces. I will target at least 720 faces in the next 24 hours. Last time it was 700 and from Guinness I was supposed to do at least 705.
“I still have enough numbers to back up my record in case they want to take away some points. I’m an optimist and believe that with God we can do more.”
Mr. Whitworth, a civil engineering student, drew 791 faces at the end of 24 hours on Sunday, earning him a Guinness World Record.
While thanking all of his fans and the student community for their assistance, the painter went on to say that, in order to symbolise peace and unity, he painted the faces of persons with colours from many nations, pushing for peace and unity around the world.