The next generation of scrabble champions will emerge at the maiden edition of the Rabiu Adeola Under-12 Scrabble Championships holding from 8am on Thursday, 19th of May, 2016 at the prestigious Lagos Country Club Ikeja G.R.A Lagos.
The competition which is aimed at discovering and nurturing young talents in the game of scrabble will see 50 kids from over 12 schools in Lagos and Ogun states in a battle of word power. Chrisland Schools, Mind Builders School, Trinity College, Karis Schools, Dansol School, Grange Schools, Olive Success Academy, Coastland, Berkeley Science Magnet School and others will slug it out at the one day event.
Organisers of the competition, 27 July Ltd are optimistic that the competition will not only discover players for the future but also give other kids the opportunity to showcase their talent.
Sponsor and sports broadcaster, Bimbo Adeola who said the competition is in memory of his late dad who passed on three years ago also informed that it will be an annual event.
“The competition is being put together to honour my dad who was very passionate about words and by extension the sport. It’s also our own way to give back to the society and also discover new talents for the country. We will ensure that the competition holds every year at the Lagos Country Club and endeavour to have schools from other parts of the country participate in future editions.”
He also enumerated the several benefits of scrabble to the students, ‘the event will also give the kids the opportunity to enhance their spelling skills and word power, provide an ample way for students to expand their repertoire. It is also a fun way for students to learn words for their English language classes in particular. Playing scrabble enables them to exercise their addition skills since those letters simply aren’t going to count themselves. I’m sure they’ll have fun all through.’
World scrabble champion, Nigeria’s Wellington Jighere is the icon of the day and he will deliver a brief motivational speech to the kids on how to be the best.
Prizes to be won includes trophies for the best overall player and most promising player plus medals for the the 1st to 3rd place finishers. All the participants will however smile home with certificates, dictionaries and other gift items.