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Jighere Emerges Scrabble World Champion

Posted: Nov 9, 2015 at 6:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Jighere Wellington of Nigeria is the new scrabble world champion. He achieved the historic feat in Perth, Australia, in the early hours of Saturday, after he crushed Lewis Mackay of England to become the world champion. The victory came in a blistering manner when he walloped Lewis 4-0 leaving no room for any comeback.

The duel monitored by the cream of world scrabble kicked off around 2am Nigerian time and ended about six hours later. Online platforms were agog with blow-by-blow analytical steps and moves by the two aficionados, as Nigerian scrabble enthusiasts kept vigil to follow the event.

The Nigerian Scrabble Friends, a Facebook forum for lovers of the game, kept vigil at the Apapa office of the convener, Segun Durojaiye, to download the streaming of the finals. Fashola Kayode, a board member of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, said with the victory Nigeria proved to the whole world that she was not just 11 times African champions but was also the best scrabble playing nation in the world.

Jighere has been hovering around the world crown for years and has now proved to the world that he was not a fluke all along. With this victory Nigeria will gain more slots in terms of representations at subsequent world tournaments. Nigeria also emerged as the Best Team of the Championship as her six representatives gave a good account of themselves with five of them placing in the top 50. An elated Sulaiman Garba Gora, President of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, said years of dedication, perseverance and industry had paid off.

“For us, this is one of the greatest days in the history of Nigerian sports and we at the Nigerian Scrabble Federation are proud to produce a world champion after years of hard work and perseverance. It had to happen one day. Today is that day,” Gora said. A board member and spokesperson for the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, Paul Bassey, hailed Jighere, other players, board members and management of the NSF for the historic feat.

“The DG National Sports Commission (Al-Hassan Yakmut), our patron, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and indeed all other members of the scrabble family are elated. We are waiting for the triumphant return of the history makers,” said Bassey