South-West Scrabble Tourney: Why We Chose Ibadan
The South-West Zonal Coordinator of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) Emmanuel Egbele has given reasons behind the choice of Ibadan, Oyo state as the venue for the maiden South-West Closed Scrabble championship.
Since the Scrabble tourney was announced last week, plenty of excitement has been generated from players and enthusiasts alike. Interestingly, a few observers assumed the commercial centre, Lagos would have been the venue ahead of Ibadan.
Making clarification on the reasons Ibadan became the preferred choice, Egbele explained that it was only normal for the first South-West Closed championships to be held in the biggest city in West Africa which incidentally is the Zonal headquarters of the NSF.
During a brief chat with the media, he assured us that subsequent editions of the Scrabble tourney would be hosted by different cities across the states as Ibadan was selected during certain parameters.
“The city of Ibadan is our Zonal Headquarters so it is home for us. It is therefore fitting to go start from there and move to other states in subsequent editions.”
He further cited the rich historical background of Ibadan city as an opportunity for participants to explore tourism. Furthermore, he highlighted how central the city is for participants coming from other states for the Scrabble tourney to access logistically.
“We also know Ibadan is central for most of the South-West States. It is also a historic city that will provide some of us the opportunity to admire the sights and sound.”
The Scrabble Tourney Details
Players will compete in the Masters, Intermediate and Open categories for ratings, prestige and honour with plenty of cash prizes also on offer.
An excited Emmanuel Egbele, the NSF South-West Coordinator who disclosed the details of the maiden tournament to the media underlined the importance of introducing the South-West Closed scrabble championships to players based in
- Oyo State
- Osun State
- Ogun State
- Ondo State
- Ekiti State
- Lagos State
- Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
- Time: 9 am Prompt.
- Venue: Jogor Centre (Hall of Grace), 1 Harvester Drive, Liberty Road, Ibadan.
- No of Games: 12
- Rated: Yes
Eligibility for the Scrabble Tourney
- Membership of a Club in the South-West Zone (SWZ)
- Permanent Residency in the SWZ
- Students of Tertiary Institutions in the SWZ.
- Opens – N4,000 (<1100)
- Intermediate – N5,000 (1100 – 1399)
- Masters – N6,000 (=>1400)
- Female – N3,000
- Undergraduate Students – N2,000
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- Please note that registration for the Scrabble tourney ends on Thursday 28/04/2022 at 6 pm and pairings are to be released on Friday.
- All COVID-19 guidelines will be duly observed. Please come with your face masks and sanitisers.
- Very Important: Please come with clean scrabble accessories to the venue.
“Registration is ongoing now, and we are expecting top players in the South-West like former World No.5 Enoch Nwali, former African champion Femi Awowade and Dokun Esan who won the Emmanuel Egbele Annual Scrabble Tournament (EEAST) are expected to light up Jogor Hall, Ibadan when the mind game takes centre stage on April 30.
The South-West Closed Scrabble Championship is slated for Jogor Hall this Saturday.
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