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Eta Karo and Abdulrahman win Scrabble and Chess MPC GRAND Finale!

R-L: Abdulraheem Abdulrahman receiving award, Mr. Ed Ubong, MD Shell Nigeria Gas presenting.

The 2018 MindGames Premier Championship (MPC) for scrabble and chess has come and gone but the sweet memories will linger for a long time. The Grand Finale, a two-day event at the Country Club, Ikeja was the culmination of the Regional Qualifying tournaments which were played earlier in the year in Lagos, Sapele, Port Harcourt and Abuja.  In addition to the N2.5 million cash prizes in both scrabble and chess, winners went home with state of the art plaques and trophies. Mr. Lukeman Owolabi, a world-class scrabble player and founder of MindGames Incorporated and the MindGames Premier Championship said that the objective of the tournament was to develop the intellectual abilities of participants, especially students.

In his closing remarks, the Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG), the Major sponsors of the tournament, Mr. Ed Ubong, promised that the next edition of the MPC would feature the Students Category. This is an attestation to the pioneering role of Shell Nigeria Gas in fostering Community Development in the country.  Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd is a fully owned Shell company incorporated in 1998 for the downstream distribution of gas to industries in Nigeria. Its mission is to provide manufacturing and service industries with a clean, reliable, low-cost alternative to liquid fuel and to assist in building a stronger economy. The Nigeria Scrabble family that SNG for the unprecedented support of the development of scrabble in Nigeria and by extension in the diaspora. The 2018 MPC featured participants Liberia, Philippines and Gambia.

Nigeria is the only country to have won the World Scrabble Championship. With the continued support of Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) and other sponsors, MindGames and the MPC will continue to do Nigeria proud in Africa and the world.

 

History of Nigeria’s Participation at the African Scrabble Championship

The African Scrabble Championship is a biennial event which features national champions from all countries in the continent. The African Championship started in 1994, and ten (10) editions have taken place with Nigeria winning nine (9) times!

 

History of the African Scrabble Championship

Edition Host country Year Winner Winning Country
1st KENYA 1994 IFEANYI  ONYEONWU NIGERIA
2nd NIGERIA 1996 FEMI AWOWADE NIGERIA
3rd SOUTH AFRICA 1998 JIMOH SAHEED NIGERIA
4th GHANA 2000 MOSHOOD SANNI NIGERIA
5th KENYA 2002 TREVOR HOVELMEIER SOUTH AFRICA
6th TANZANIA 2004 DENNIS IKEKEREGOR NIGERIA
7th NIGERIA 2006 DENNIS IKEKEREGOR NIGERIA
8th KENYA 2008 JIGHERE WELLINGTON NIGERIA
9th GHANA 2010 JIGHERE WELLINGTON NIGERIA
10th ZAMBIA 2012 OGBAKPA REX NIGERIA
11th SOUTH AFRICA 2014 NSIKAK ETIM NIGERIA
12th GHANA 2016 SAIDU AYORINDE NIGERIA

 

 

Scrabble: Best Female – Bukunmi Afolayan; FairPlay Award Winner – Racquel Lightley; Foreign participants from Liberia, Philippines and Gambia

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