After Pitt/Jolie, Namibia plans biggest barbecue
Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:57 PM BST
WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia is moving on from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and now plans to make headlines by staging the world's largest barbecue.
The southwest African country was caught up in a media furore when the Hollywood stars chose to have their first baby there last month.
It is hoping the 9 tonnes of sausages with which it plans to feed some 45,000 people in September at a Windhoek football stadium will keep up the interest.
"The Namibian record will be set with 9 tonnes of boerewors (sausages) which, if stretched, will be 7.5 kilometres (4.6 miles) long," said Uschi Ramakhutla, a spokeswoman for the Meat Company of Namibia, which is organising the event.
Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to be the 44,159th person in the food line -- pushing Namibia ahead of the current Guinness Book of World Records title holder for world's biggest barbecue, Australia, which hosted 44,158 people at a one-day cook-out in 1993.
There was no immediate word on whether Jolie and Pitt would score an invite to the Namibian celebration, despite their honoured status in the country.
The pair last month welcomed the birth of their baby daughter Shiloh at a remote seaside resort -- a choice Namibian officials said could help to put the country on the tourist map.
This would be hilarious, if so many Africans weren't, you know starving.