Frankly speaking it’s difficult to know who the oldest person in the world because there are several of them around the world whose records have not been documented and thus escape the radar.
I recently saw an obituary of a man in a village here in Ghana purported to be 120 but here is this Bolivian woman identified as Julia Flores Colque who is 118 and she is said to be the world’s oldest person in the world.
Flores national identity card states she was born on October 26, 1900, making her a witness of two world wars and revolution in her native Bolivia. In a recent interview, the aged woman revealed details about her love for cakes, singing folk songs and playing with her chickens.
Flores is the easy going person as she has a cat and strums a tiny Andean guitar known as the charango at her home in the rural town of Sacaba. Growing up in her native, she has gotten used to watching the town grow from a population of about 3,000 to a bustling city of 30,000 people.
The old woman’s name is yet to be entered into the Guinness Book of world records. Colque also doesn’t care to be a part of the book and just lives her life as she deems fit.
For her age, Colque is full of life and loves singing to folkloric songs in Quechua when she receives guests who visit the dirt-floor adobe home she shares with her 65-year-old grand-niece, Agustina Berna.
Interestingly, the Bolivian woman has never been married or has children. She is, however, very content with her life and survives on selling fruits and vegetables.