Emmanuel wins National Scrabble Open Championship
Umujose Emmanuel has won the Masters’ category of the 16th Kano National Scrabble Open Championship held at the weekend in the state.
He won 12 out of the 15 games to clinch the Masters trophy and cash prize of N150, 000, while Enoch Nwali, who had 10 points, won the second spot.
In third place in the Masters category was Olatunde Oduwole, a former national champion.
It was not a bright day for former WESPAC champion and two times African champion, Wellington Jighere, as he came fifth in the Masters log.
The tournament featured three categories, including Masters, Open and Veterans.
Anthony Odok won the Open category and the accompanying trophy, as well as the cash prize of N100, 000, while Alhaji Aminu Magaji Mohammed, a member of Kano Club, clinched the Veterans top prize of a trophy and N70, 000 cash prize.
The competition, the 16th edition in the series, was held at the Kano Club by the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, which collaborated with the Kano State Scrabble Association and Scrabble Section, Kano Club. The main sponsor was Austin Isiekwe, a board member of NSF.
Speaking at the event, president of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), Sulaiman Garba Gora assured that more programmes would be put in place to promote scrabble in Nigeria.
He called on all levels of government and corporate bodies to sponsor scrabble in the country, saying the sport has helped to put Nigeria in a good light across the world.
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