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Nigerian Chess Master Tunde Onakoya Makes History, Shatters World Chess Marathon Record

Nigerian Chess Master Shatters World Chess Marathon Record
Nigerian Chess master, Tunde Onakoya

Chess enthusiasts around the world are celebrating the remarkable achievement of Nigerian chess master, Tunde Onakoya, who has shattered the world chess marathon record.

Onakoya’s original goal was to play for 58 hours straight, but he surpassed expectations by surpassing the 60-hour mark, earning himself a new Guinness World Record.

Social media platforms have been flooded with messages of congratulations for Onakoya, with fellow Nigerians such as Hilda Baci and Pelumi Nubi extending their best wishes on his Instagram page. Even President Bola Tinubu has joined in the chorus of praise for Onakoya’s incredible feat.

In a statement released by his Media Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu hailed Onakoya for his extraordinary accomplishment, particularly emphasizing the noble cause behind his marathon endeavor. Onakoya’s efforts were aimed at raising funds to provide African children with the opportunity to learn and thrive through chess.

President Tinubu commended Onakoya for exemplifying the spirit of Nigerian youth, showcasing the audacity to overcome challenges and drive positive change. He highlighted the contributions of Nigerian youth across various fields, from entertainment to education, as evidence of their ability to achieve greatness regardless of circumstances.

The President also praised the unity displayed by Nigerians in supporting Onakoya’s record-breaking endeavor, transcending artificial divisions to celebrate a shared achievement. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to creating opportunities for youth to realize their potential and contribute to the nation’s progress.

Not to be outdone, the Governor of Lagos State also lauded Onakoya’s achievement, emphasizing the significance of his journey from Lagos to global recognition. He praised Onakoya’s resilience and determination, noting that his story serves as inspiration for all Lagosians and demonstrates the city’s capacity for greatness.

Onakoya’s marathon effort was not without its challenges, but his perseverance and dedication to empowering children through chess were evident throughout. His journey was showcased on digital billboards and celebrated with watch parties, capturing the true essence of Lagosian spirit.

Previous chess marathon record holder

The previous record, held by Norwegian players Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, stood at 56 hours and 9 minutes, set in 2018. Onakoya’s achievement has not only surpassed this milestone but has also brought global recognition to Nigeria’s thriving chess community.

In conclusion, Tunde Onakoya’s historic feat in breaking the world chess marathon record has not only made headlines but has also inspired a sense of pride and unity among Nigerians. His dedication to his craft and his commitment to making a positive impact serve as a testament to the boundless potential of Nigerian youth.

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