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Clara Chizoba Kronborg: From frog-voice to 55-hour interview marathon record holder

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Born and raised in Onitsha, Nigeria, Clara Chizoba Kronborg’s journey has been marked by resilience, determination, and an unwavering commitment to empowering others. From her humble beginnings to her record-breaking achievements, Clara’s story is one of courage and passion.

Clara’s love for the stage blossomed early on. The youngest of six siblings in a tight-knit family, she discovered a natural talent for public speaking and performance. However, her journey wasn’t without its challenges. Her distinctive voice, fondly nicknamed “Onú AWO” or “Frog Voice” by some, could have easily discouraged her. Yet, Clara, with an unwavering spirit, embraced her individuality and continued to hone her craft, whether participating in street debates or interpreting Bible verses. Every time she stepped onto a stage, she owned it.

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Life took a challenging turn at 19 when Clara found herself living in an uncompleted house lacking basic amenities. But this setback only fueled her determination. Her confidence and resilience became her guiding force, propelling her towards a dream job that allowed her to rebuild her life.

Clara, however, was not content with just securing her own future. A restless spirit and a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of others led her to a pivotal decision. In 2009, she took a bold leap of faith and founded the Women’s World Show in Nigeria. This initiative aimed to shatter the silence surrounding women’s experiences and empower them to find their voices and speak out against injustice. The platform provided a stage for women to share their stories, experiences, and perspectives.

Driven by her passion for storytelling and advocacy, Clara continued to push boundaries. In pursuit of her dreams, she relocated to Ghana to pursue studies in journalism before eventually settling in Denmark, where she embarked on a new chapter of her life.

Motherhood, with the birth of her daughter Olivia in 2018, further ignited Clara’s drive. Fueled by this newfound role, she expanded the reach of the Women’s World Show, bringing it to Denmark and later to Spain, creating a global platform that amplified the voices of countless women.

Clara’s unwavering dedication to empowering women culminated in a historic achievement on April 24, 2024. She shattered the record for the longest interview marathon, previously held by Rob Oliver (USA) for 37 hours and 44 minutes, by holding court for 55 hours and 24 seconds. During this feat, Clara interviewed ninety individuals from diverse backgrounds, each with their own inspiring journey to success.

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Despite facing physical challenges like hoarseness, fatigue, neck and back aches, Clara remained undeterred. Her unwavering passion for amplifying voices and inspiring change fueled her throughout the marathon. This record-breaking accomplishment not only etched her name in history but also reaffirmed her lifelong commitment to championing the voices of success across the globe.

As Clara herself said, “Following your passion is one thing, but knowing how to navigate and succeed with and in it is another thing.” Her story embodies this message, showcasing the courage to chase dreams in the face of adversity. Clara Chizoba Kronborg is an inspiration to all who dare to dream big and fight for what they believe in.