Chess-a-thon: President Tinubu Applauds Nigerian Chess Champion Tunde Onakoya

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja 


Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has congratulated Mr. Tunde Onakoya, the Nigerian Chess Champion and founder of Chess in Slums Africa for the rare feat of setting a new world chess record.

The President said in a congratulatory statement signed by his Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale that Mr Onakoya has sounded the gong of Nigeria’s resilience, self-belief, and ingenuity on the global stage.

Applauding the force driving the compelling demonstration of the Chess champion’s character, which is raising funds for African children to learn and find opportunity through chess, President Tinubu said that Mr. Onakoya has shown a streak customary among Nigeria’s youth population, “the audacity to make good change happen; to baffle impossibility, and propel innovations and solutions to the nation’s challenges, even from corners of disadvantage.”

The President affirmed that Nigeria’s youths have demonstrated in all fields, including Afrobeats, Nollywood, skit-making enterprises, education, science, and technology.

The Nigerian Leader commended the inclination of Nigerians – across artificial partitions – for unity, he added that this again has been exemplified through their undiluted support for all endeavours.

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President Tinubu assured all citizens that his administration remains strongly committed to creating and expanding opportunities for the youth to explore and exercise their abilities and become the symbols of greatness Nigeria truly represents.

Recall that, Mr. Tunde Onakoya broke the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon on Saturday, after playing for over 58 hours and winning every match in tow.

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