Celebrated parliamentarian and politician Joseph Chinotimba, popularly known as Chinos, and his wife will be among other celebrities, television personalities, musicians and business people expected to take part in the Book of African Records’ Longest Kiss Competition scheduled for the St Valentines’ Day.
The event, which is an initiative by the Book of African Records will see married couples attempt to break a kissing record for the longest kiss.
What you need to know
The kiss must be continuous and the lips must be touching at all times. If the lips are unlocked then the couple is immediately disqualified. Contestants must be over the age of 18. Only married couples can participate. Proof of marriage may be required. Couples married according to Customary Law are eligible to participate. Book of African Records marketing officer, Gwen Myers said: “For the record to be valid and documented the couples should be married. We do not want a situation where some partners will lodge complaints with the Book of African Records that so and so kissed somebody else’s wife,” Myers said.
The contestants must stand during the attempt and cannot be propped together by any aids, such as pillows, cushions or people. No rest breaks are allowed and couples must not leave the venue during their attempt. In other words, small houses, concubines or girlfriends or those who are engaged will not be allowed to take part.
Myers also explained how the event will unfold. “There will be many judges on the panel to ensure that rules are not flouted. Whoever wins will get fabulous cash prizes plus a holiday courtesy of sponsors RTG,” she said.
The current world record for the longest kiss stands at 58 hours, and is held by a Thai couple.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro