Gov. Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Onakoya On Breaking World Chess Marathon Record


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By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has congratulated the Chess Master, Tunde Onakoya on Breaking the World Chess Marathon Record in Times Square, New York.

Onakoya achieved the remarkable feat by setting the Guinness World Record for the longest marathon chess playing session, clocking in at an impressive 58 hours, and still counting.

In his congratulatory message, Sanwo-Olu said: “Your journey from Lagos, Nigeria to global recognition embodies the spirit of our great city.

“Tunde continues to demonstrate that greatness can emerge from even the most humble beginnings.

“His remarkable story serves as a blueprint for all of us in Lagos-a city where his impact has been felt the most, showing that with determination, dreams can indeed soar to monumental heights.

“Tunde’s entire journey was showcased on digital billboards and celebrated with watch parties, capturing the true spirit of Lagos.

“Despite enduring pain and fatigue, Tunde persevered, driven by his commitment to empower the children he champions”, he said.

Onakoya won the game which started at 10am on Wednesday, April 17, and  still ongoing.

Recall, the previous world record, recognised by Guinness World Records, was 56 hours, nine minutes, and 37 seconds, which was set by Norwegian duo Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad in 2018.

With the current record, Onakoya hopes to raise $1m (£805,000) for charity to support chess education for millions of children.

 


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