On Sunday, Saidu Ayorinde representing Nigeria emerged the 13th Africa Scrabble Champion winning 23 games of 32 in Tema, Ghana.
Ayorinde dethroned his Nigeria counterpart, Nsikakabasi Etim, the immediate past Africa Scrabble Champion, when he came first in a 32-game scrabble marathon to become the best in the duel.
At the 2015 World Scrabble championship, Ayorinde was ranked sixteenth. According to NAN, some Nigerians namely: Eta Karo, Umebiye Cyril, Nsikakabasi Etim and Rex Ogbakpa emerged in the second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.
The sixth position was taken by a Kenyan named Gitonga Nberitou, breaking the Nigerian line up.
Here are other Nigerians in the listing: Ogbogu Azubuike, seventh; Dennis Ikekeregor, eight; and Anthony Ikolothe, the National Scrabble Coach of the Senior Team, ninth. John Curtis Ebomah came tenth.
Nigeria consolidated its position as the best team of the championship since nine of its representatives finished in top positions.
In an interview, Ikolo said that the victory was due to hard work and dedication. “It is a testimony to the potential of Nigeria as a country and the sacrifice and hard work of the players,” he said.