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Ogundokun, Igbinadolor dominate Ogun, Plateau States' Easter scrabble retreat

Posted : 04 April 2024

Akeem Ogundokun won the Easter Retreat organized by the Ogun State Scrabble Association (OSSA) on Monday, while Nosa Igbinadolor rose to the peak at the Plateau State Scrabble Association's J-Town Bash on the same day.

Both competitions, held in the scenic state capitals of Abeokuta and Jos, attracted a good number of participants for the one-day competition.

After 10 exciting rounds on the board, Ogundokun shot to the top of the table by edging past former national captain Cyril Umebiye with a +475 cumulative score after both players ended the tournament with 8 wins and 2 defeats.

Umebiye garnered a cumulative score of +420.

Third-placed African Youth Champion David Ojih earned 7 wins and 3 defeats with a +534 score, while Samuel Adebola finished fourth in the 21-player retreat, which also had the Chairman of the Association, Adekoyejo Adegbesan, in attendance. 

Various cash prizes were awarded to the players.

In the North-Central region, the capital city of Jos was the venue for the 28-man championship, where Igbinadolor emerged as the winner of Division A.

The Airpop Alpha captain steered his way to the top after securing a total of 9 wins in 12 rounds, with a final round victory of 420-389 over Friday Ogbonyomi. 

His high cumulative score of +617 cleared his pathway to victory ahead of Toke Aka (the National Federation President) and Ogbonyomi, who also achieved the same record of 9 wins and 3 defeats each but with lower cumulative scores of 507 and 460 respectively, to finish second and third.

Emmanuel Azi picked up the Division B title, ahead of second-placed Arafan Anthony and Ashom Aaron, who finished second and third in the lower class.

As part of the uniqueness of the event, players were given a tour of places of interest, including the museum, after the colorful event.

An excited Chairman of the Plateau State Scrabble Association, Muhammed Abbas, commended the Local Organizing Committee for the success of the tournament and thanked participants for making the tournament remarkable.

"I'd like to thank you all once again for making the J-Town Easter Bash a success. By being part of this event, you have added your name to the builders of Plateau scrabble.

The quality of the competition has definitely raised the level of our game and has also made our new players fall in love with competitive scrabble. You have also helped to showcase to potential sponsors what we are capable of doing.

Congratulations to winners and indeed every participant," he concluded.


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