Adeyemi Adeosun wins the first closed scrabble tournament in the South West
Adeyemi Adeosun over the weekend, sent a shockwave of surprise as he became the champion of the South West’s first closed tournament held in Ibadan, Oyo State.
In the presence of more established rivals, the Ladoke Akintola University graduate fought his way to the top, passing a highly experienced juggler Jimoh Saheed in the tense 12th round of this thrilling tournament.
He delivered the killing blow with an eight-letter word ‘DENIABLE’ when he used the ‘I’ thus taking the tournament out of reach for the former African champion.
His 10 unassailable wins with a combined 1274 points also limited second-placed Adetomiwa Adeloye from Ondo State, whom he overtook in Round 11 of Table 1.
A smiling Adeosun who could not hide his excitement and surprise at his dominating success on the board in the relaxing atmosphere of Jogor Center said he was at a loss for words after receiving a 200,000 prize.
“Wow!” he exclaimed “I am at a loss for words, I feel really excited, I feel really elated and I give thanks to God. I would like to thank Mr Olaiya Kabir who registered me for this tournament. I dedicate this victory to him.”
“I didn’t see myself winning this closed South West championship, I didn’t see it coming, it was just luck and I hope to use this as a springboard to more success.
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“I really thank God and appreciate Emmanuel Egbele, South West Zone Coordinator of the Nigerian Scrabble Federation, for this wonderful tournament.”
Adeyinka “Biggie” Aiyewunmi won the Intermediate title while Clement Ologungbiri won the Open category with Bukunmi Afolayan and Segun Adegbenro picking the Women’s and Veteran categories respectively.
Hassan Wasiu won the student class.
In a brief but colorful closing ceremony, Egbele expressed his gratitude to the participants, the sponsors as well as the people who ensured that all the boxes were checked to put on a great show in the historic city of Ibadan.
“I feel thrilled and happy with the success of this tournament, the turnout was massive with almost 90 players in attendance, but it could have been more, you know, but we had to limit the number when registering. greatly underscored the massive interest in this great game despite the fact that it was held in Ibadan and not Lagos.
The event which saw a rich cast of best scrabble shots in the area was attended by Oyo State Scrabble Association President Salau Samson, President of the Scrabble Association and Monopoly of Lagos State Dipo Akanbi,
Nigeria Police Scrabble Association President, Chief Superintendent Femi Okunnowo, South West bigwigs Femi Awowade, Musa Olasupo as well as club captains and coaches from the six states that make up the zone.
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