Scrabble: World Champion Richards Enters for the Akpabio Classics.

It has been confirmed that current world scrabble champion Nigel Richards of Switzerland is one of the five champions to grace the 7th Godswill Akpabio International Scrabble Classics slated for September 25.

First Ever Two-Time World Scrabble Champion, Nigel Richard.
First Ever Two-Time World Scrabble Champion, Nigel Richard.

Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Scrabble Association, Pastor Umoh Bassey, speaking at a media briefing in Uyo on Wednesday, said it was unprecedented in the history of the worldwide game for five champions to play under one roof.

“This is enough testimony to the level we have taken the Akpabio Classics to, thanks to His Excellency Governor Godswill Akpabio’s commitment to the development of the game worldwide,” Pastor Bassey said.

“In addition to the Nigerian players that will troop into Uyo for the classics, 50 foreign-based players have so far registered for the event that will see competitions in Master, Veterans, Intermediate and Opens categories.”

The Championship Will Witness the Conferment of Governor Godswill Akpabio as the ‘Pillar of Scrabble in Africa’
The Championship Will Witness the Conferment of Governor Godswill Akpabio as the ‘Pillar of Scrabble in Africa’

The highpoint of this year’s event will be the investiture of Governor Akpabio as the ‘Pillar of Scrabble in Africa’ to be supervised by the Pan African Scrabble Federation president, Chief Toke Aka, to be assisted by the scrabble president of Ghana, Gambia, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda.

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