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President Tinubu reacts as Tunde Onakoya breaks chess Guinness record

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
April 20, 2024

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated Nigerian chess master Tunde Onakoya for setting a new world record and demonstrating Nigeria's persistence, self-belief, and innovation on a worldwide scale.

In a press statement published today (Saturday) by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu stated that Onakoya set a new Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon by playing for more than 58 hours and winning every game.

The Nigerian leader praised Onakoya, the brains behind Chess in Slums Africa, for his incredible achievement, emphasising the good purpose that drives his exceptional display of character, which is to raise cash to assist African youngsters in learning and discovering opportunities via chess.

Tinubu emphasised that Onakoya exemplifies a trait common among Nigeria's youth population: the fortitude to effect good change, defy impossibilities, and push ideas and answers to the country's problems, even from disadvantaged places.

The President affirmed that Nigerian youngsters have demonstrated their ability in a variety of disciplines, including Afrobeats, Nollywood, skit-making, education, science, and technology, demonstrating that great accomplishments may come from low beginnings.


Tinubu lauded Nigerians' solidarity, which transcended artificial boundaries, as proven by their unflinching support for this innovative effort. 

He reminded all residents that his government remained completely devoted to providing and increasing chances for the youth to harness and showcase their skills, eventually becoming the essence of grandeur that our nation epitomises for the future. 

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