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Saidu Ayorinde is Africa’s No. 1 Scrabble Player | Eight Other Nigerians win Top Positions



Saidu Ayorinde

Saidu Ayorinde of Nigeria on Sunday emerged the 13th Africa Scrabble Champion winning 23 games of 32 in Tema, Ghana.

Ayorinde dethroned his Nigeria counterpart, Nsikakabasi Etim, the immediate past Africa Scrabble Champion, when he finished first in a 32-game scrabble marathon to become the best in the duel.

Ayorinde was ranked 16th at the 2015 World Scrabble championship.

Some Nigerians, Eta Karo, Umebiye Cyril, Nsikakabasi Etim and Rex Ogbakpa emerged in the second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.

A Kenyan, Gitonga Nberitou, broke Nigerian line up to take the sixth position.

Other Nigerians in the listing are: Ogbogu Azubuike, seventh; Dennis Ikekeregor, eight; and Anthony Ikolo, the National Scrabble Coach of the Senior Team, ninth. John Curtis Ebomah came tenth.

Nigeria won nine of the ten positions in the championship and consolidated its position as the best team of the championship since nine of its representatives finished in top positions.

Ikolo told NAN in an interview that the victory was due to hard work and dedication.

“It is a testimony to the potential of Nigeria as a country and the sacrifice and hard work of the players,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Iyo

    December 19, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Was so happy to see this. Imagine my surprise when I heard that Nigeria tops the world in scrabble

    • Tosin

      December 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm


  2. Iya ibeji

    December 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats. So proud of you guys!!!!

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