Crypto Exchange CEO (Obiex) places a 2000 USD bet on a Charity chess game
On April 19th, 2022, Obiex.finance CEO, Ikechukwu Okeke, reached out to challenge the Chessinslums convener, Tunde Onakoya, to a friendly game of chess. The stake was a $2000 donation to the Chessinslums humanitarian project if Tunde was able to win Ikechukwu.
In a private call, Tunde accepted this challenge and mentioned that he had put out a challenge like this one time, and nobody was willing to take him up on it until now.
Obiex, one of the top crypto exchanges on the continent led by Ikechukwu, who loves engaging in charitable activities, decided to play chess with Tunde, the leader of the chessinslum program, to support him do good things for the people in the slums.
The game was then scheduled to take place on the 22nd of April 2022 on chess.com by 8 pm. Onakoya announced the game on the night of the 21st of April, and it was game on.
There were friendly exchanges between the two the night before the challenge, with Tunde promising to shave off his beard if he lost the game. Many Nigerians commented on the game, and many were curious to find out just how good the chess convener was.
It’s good to know that both of the leaders in this game are working to solve a problem that affects people’s lives every day: education and the financial system. Two young leaders are engaged in activities that will impact lives and create a better society. We should always appreciate the gems in our society.
The link to watch the game live was tweeted by the official chessinslums account as well as the Obiex account. Both parties logged into their chessinslums accounts and the game began around approximately 8:15 PM.
The game was going to have two rounds with a 10-minute timer. The first round was easily won by Tunde after Ikechukwu exhausted his 10 minutes, and the game was counted as a loss.
The second game, however, was tougher, and at a point, everyone thought Tunde might actually lose. It was a tense final 10 minutes of the game as the tables turned continuously, but Tunde emerged the winner in the end.
The Obiex CEO congratulated him privately, and kept his promise to donate $2000, which was done the following day. The Obiex CEO maintains that he actually let Tunde win. While announcing the game on his verified twitter handle, Tunde pointed out that this donation will be used to sponsor a child’s education at Makoko and purchase the child a laptop.
I’m not actually good at chess. I mean, I played a bit of it in secondary school, but I am not a pro. I noticed the tweet where Tunde said he was open to a challenge for donations to ChessinSlums. The chess game was simply for a bit of razzle-dazzle. I really just wanted to donate, and I guess we all just wanted to know how good Tunde is at chess too. I am competitive, so I took a couple of courses beforehand with some chess masters. “Youth and everything youthful is the future of Africa and we must do everything in our power to empower the youth.”
The Obiex CEO hopes that this donation and the chess game will drive more of these sorts of donations to the humanitarian project.
On the 29th of April, Tunde, who was also a guest speaker on a twitter space hosted by Obiex, discussed “The role of technology in the eradication of poverty in Africa”.
Tunde has since announced receiving the donation on the Obiex app and had some things to say about the platform.
“When I got to use the application, it was just seamless.” It was easy to make a transaction, and the UX design was very simple. I was very impressed with the app. I think I would stick with using the Obiex app to hold my crypto assets. “
The collaboration between Obiex and ChessInSlums is a practical example of what can be achieved through collaboration amongst youth-oriented programs and Crypto exchanges. The future of technological development in Africa rests on such collaborative efforts and Obiex is committed to supporting such efforts consistently and seriously.
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It is good to note that Obiex is user-focused and led by a CEO with a heart that cares for the good in society. As we continue to build a technology-focused financial solution, we look to keep contributing to social activities that are impactful to the community.
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