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Lovers of Board Games! Nigerian Wellington Jighere Won the Worldwide Scrabble Championship & We’re Stoked with Excitement




I love Board games – Cluedo, Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry, Ludo, Snakes & Ladders. Anything to play when NEPA strikes and we’re all just waiting for 8pm when the generator comes on. I never quite got into Chess… I wanted to, but by the time I was old enough to play there was nobody to teach me. But Scrabble, is one of my favourite board games. With a very good vocabulary, an ability to strategize, a dash of good luck and a LOT of practice, you can become a champion at the game.

So imagine my excitement when I found out that a Nigerian won the 2015 World Scrabble Championship in Perth, Australia. According to the report in The Guardian, Wellington Jigherebeat 129 competitors to win the World English-language Scrabble Players’ Association championship on Sunday, defeating Englishman Lewis MacKay with four straight wins in the best-of-seven final round.

How awesome is that???? He is the first African to win this championship!

So what do we know about Wellington? In 2007, he won the 3rd World’s best at the games and in 2008 he won the Africa Scrabble Championship.

According to, Wellington was introduced to the game of Scrabble in 1996 by his brother. Brothers rock, don’t they? Anyway, Wellington briefly gave up the game in 2010 briefly because he had “a few disagreements with the way things were being run in the Nigeria Scrabble Federation.”

*sigh* Is there something about our System that discourages talent?

Luckily, our champion got back in the saddle, (or tile bag?) and has emerged triumphant!

The winning board

Wellington won the game against Lewis Mackay by 448 points to 426… which is astounding! From BellaNaija, we wish Wellington many more successes.

Are there any Scrabble lovers in the house? What’s your highest score ever and what’s the most exciting move you’ve made on the Scrabble board. (Words With Friends on Facebook doesn’t count)

Oh and for those of you who don’t play Scrabble, what’s your board game of choice?

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  1. somebody

    November 9, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I love scrabble! Even though I’ve never been be able to play premium but it’s ok, lol.

    • Ehiwarior

      November 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

      hahaha…the feeling is mutual, I love scrabble too, and I play premium only on my laptop and phone.

  2. Kiiki

    November 9, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Congratulations Wellington! Thank you for making us proud!!!!!

    PS: Bella Naija, thanks for featuring this news; I bet it would have gone unseen by our Media.

    Worth celebrating 🙂

    • Amaa

      November 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

      There where 2 major positive news this week about Nigeria. The only western media that slightly covered it was We gooof for once and an entire segment of all the western media is dedicated to bashing and shaming us. Until we start behaving like the Chinese and do what is good for us irrespective of what the west thinks we will be better off . Americans complain about China yet all their businesses have branches and are manufacturing in China . Congratulation to our youth football team and congratulations to our scrabble champ.

  3. Meunisolar

    November 10, 2015 at 12:30 am

    I’m a scrabble addict!!! I play it like everyday on my phone. I wish to go for this competition someday.

  4. Temi

    November 10, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Well done Wellington. For the love of the game.

  5. Mandymorrr

    November 10, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I see you Kiiki my Sugar.

  6. Blessedheart

    November 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    This is really great. I love Scrabble but I get frustrated and cheat sometimes which makes me feel really guilty. The feeling when you play a premium is just wonderful.

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