N5m up for grabs as Gov Diri Scrabble Championship kicks off

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Jul.05 (THEWILL) — Governor Douye Diri’s National Scrabble Championship hosts have said 5 million naira have been reserved as the total prize pool for the second edition of the competition.

No less than 300 participants are expected at the Bayelsa State Governors Championship, which takes place in Yenagoa, the state capital, from July 15 to 17.

The competition sanctioned by the Nigerian Scrabble Federation (NSF) will consist of five categories namely Masters, Intermediates, Veterans, Opens and Students.

Bayelsa State Scrabble Association President Daniel Alabrah, who confirmed this on a radio show in Yenagoa on Monday, said registration is free for high school students in Bayelsa, while the best players from different categories would receive special prizes.

The BSSA President explained that the aim of the free registration is to encourage young people to get interested in the game and to be able to catch them young.

Scrabble is a positive and transformative mind-builder that develops the intellect. If you can get young people interested in the game, it helps them grow intellectually and academically. We introduced this aspect last year and we are continuing it in this edition,” he said.

Alabrah, who is also the chief press secretary to the governor of the state, further said that the winner of the Masters category will receive half a million naira as the star prize.

He commended Governor Diri for supporting the development of the game in the state and the country, pointing out that the Scrabble community in Nigeria appreciates his enormous contribution to the development of the game and the youth in particular.

The best Oshevire Avwenagha won the Masters category of the inaugural edition, while Eta Karo came second ahead of Okiemute Tegha.

In the intermediate category, Raji Kazeem won the top prize, while homeboy, Tariye Alari won the Opens event and Odion Osikada won the veterans title.

Ikoko David, 16, from Federal Government College, Odi, Bayelsa State, took victory in the Students category, beating out 9-year-old prodigy and current Africa Under-10 Chess Champion, Deborah Quickpen, to the crown.

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