New Guinness World Record: Tinubu Congratulates Nigerian Chess Master, Tunde Onakoya

Kunle Adelabu

Tunde Onakoya

President Bola Tinubu has congratulated Nigerian Chess Champion, Tunde Onakoya, on setting a new Guinness World Record for the Longest Chess Marathon.

The Ikorodu – born Onakoya attained this feat by playing for over 58 hours and winning every match, displaying the capacity of average Nigerian and registering the most populous black nation on the global chess map.

In a statement by the President on the on Onakoya’s X handle @Tunde_OD, Tinubu commended Onakoya for his resilience and reason behind his mission which is to raise funds for African children to be educated.

“I congratulate Tunde Onakoya @Tunde_OD on setting a new world chess record and sounding the gong of Nigeria’s resilience, self-belief, and ingenuity at the square of global acclaim”, President Tinubu said.

“I celebrate this Nigerian Chess Champion and founder of Chess in Slums Africa for his rare feat, but especially for the reason driving this compelling demonstration of character, which is raising funds for African children to learn and find opportunity through chess.

“Tunde has shown a streak customary among Nigeria’s youth population, the audacity to make good change happen; to baffle impossibility, and propel innovations and solutions to the nation’s challenges, even from corners of disadvantage.

“Nigeria’s youths have demonstrated in all fields, including Afrobeats, Nollywood, the pulsating skit-making enterprise, education, science, and technology, that great exploits can truly come from small quarters.

“I commend the inclination of Nigerians – across artificial partitions – for unity, once again exemplified through their undiluted support for this epoch-making endeavour.

“I assure all citizens that my administration remains strongly committed to creating and expanding opportunities for the youth to explore and exercise their abilities and become the symbols of greatness our nation represents into the future”, Tinubu assured.

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