Sanwo-Olu Receives Chess Master Onakoya After Breaking Guinness World Record

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, hosted the founder of Chess in Slum and the new record holder for the longest Chess marathon Tunde Onakoya, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday.

Onakoya returned to Nigeria from New York City, after a historic 60-hour Guinness World Record where he played alongside his United States partner, Shawn Martinez, on Saturday.

Tunde broke the record of Norwegian players Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, who played for 56 hours and 9- minutes in 2018.

Sharing from Onakoya’s visit on his X handle, Sanwo-Olu wrote, “Powerful visions birth movements that change lives. Today, we welcomed back Tunde Onakoya, our chess champion, to Lagos.

“His journey embodies the spirit of Lagos—resilient, ambitious, and driven to succeed. As we celebrate his achievements, we’re inspired by his vision for empowering our children and youth.

“Together with Tunde and the transformative power of Chess, we’ll work towards a future where every child in Lagos has the opportunity to realize their full potential.

“The state proudly supports his mission, purposefully providing resources to fuel this noble cause now and in the future.”

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