By: Sunny Canto
Following the week-long National Inter-Club Scrabble tournament that had over ten clubs in attendance at Hotel De Bently, Utako, Abuja; where many athletes showcased their prowess and bravery in style.
The event which is aimed at preparing athletes for the forthcoming World Scrabble Championship by summer, featured renown names likes: Wellington Jigere, Enoch Kwali, Moses Akpan, Priscilla Akhabue, Oghenekaro Paul Eta, John Aiyedun, Akeem Ogundokun among others.
Eta Paul Oghenekaro who emerged overall winner by 20 +1048 as Enoch Nwali finished second with 19 +1781 while John Aiyedun settle for third position with 19 +985.
According to Toke Aka, (Nigeria Scrabble Federation President), "I must commend all the players for their relentless efforts, having conquer World and Africa, we're also trying to attract more followers to out beloved Sport" he told.
"Its an avenue for more victory as we prepare for World Scrabble Championship by July, also we will fully featured National School Scrabble program that starts from training the trainers and progress from intra state to zonal and then national finals"
Aka adding, "Our game is a household game in the past when family values were treasured and upheld, and the economy was friendly. This constant tournament will revamped when the economy improves and equipment become easily available for families to once more buy and participate regularly" he summarized.
Nigeria that is known as World champions since 2015 when Wellington Jigere broke the record, still remain dominant even in Africa soil, winning 13 out of 14 championship.
Interestingly, Warri Scrabble Club captain: Eta Paul Oghenekaro has to wait for eighteen years to break into stardom as champion, plus winning longest ranked player award that comes with 300,000 Naria benefit, while best Club award goes to team Delta that won One million prize.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Olympic Committee President was ably represented, and their Patrons, board members alongside Mrs. Ejiro Thukson the Secretary, Mr. Curtis John Technical Director, friends and families of Scrabble all graced the glamorous gala night.