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PwC Chess4Change Mentorship programme excites pupils


Children from 18 different chess playing schools in Lagos participated in the maiden Mentorship Programme put together by Pricewaterhouse Coopers with its PwC Chess4Change initiative at The Incubator, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Aside the regular chess tournament among the schools, PwC Chess4Change Programme intends to add value and change the lives of young student to be leaders in their respective discipline in the nearest future. 

The high point of the day’s programme was the ‘Queen of Katwe’ movie, which was a classic example of a humble beginning and later transformation into success in life. Aside the guest speaker, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ajamalaya Olusegun Ifetayo, who mentored the students against moral vices in the society, other personalities at the one-day event includes the Senior Manager, Clients and Market Development, Mrs. Delia Asuzu and Senior Manager Advisory Services Mr. Eyita Otudoh, both of PwC Nigeria. They are working together with Chess Coordinator, Ministry of Education in Lagos State to inspire the students.

ACP Ajamolaya urged the students against criminal activities most of which are committed out of exuberant of the young lads of today.

“Crime is becoming rampant among our younger generations and many engages in it for fun without realizing the consequences of their actions. These crimes are not victimless, as such law enforcement agents view them seriously,” he stated.

On his part, Mr. Otudoh puts the student through a movie review ‘Queen of Katwe’ where they learnt that with chess, the small one can become the big one just as the Pawn hit the last rank and transformed into Queen which is the most powerful  piece on the board.

Mrs. Asuzu urged the student to utilize the platform created to participate in the GrandSlam. According to her, the opportunity is opened to any of them to participate at an international tournament to be sponsored by the company. 

Among the schools that participated in the programme includes Euba Junior Secondary School, CMS Girls Secondary school, Jubilee Model Senior Secondary school, Sari Iganmu Senior Secondary School, Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior Secondary School, Unity Junior School, Eko Akete Senior Secondary School, New Era Senior Secondary School, Eko Boys High School and Government Senior College, Eric Moore among others.

The schools also engaged each other in light chess tournament.

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