Osinbajo Corresponds with Tunde Onakoya as Chess Maestro Embarks on Guinness World Record Bid

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Yemi Osinbajo

Former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has extended words of encouragement to chess maestro and founder of Chess in Slums Africa, Tunde Onakoya, as he embarks on a journey to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon without conceding a game.

Commencing his epic 58-hour endeavor at Times Square, New York, United States, on Wednesday, Mr. Onakoya aims to etch his name in history.

In a message shared on X, Prof. Osinbajo rallied behind Onakoya, calling on Nigerians to support him in showcasing his resilience and determination to the world.

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“Dear Tunde,” the message read, “Best of luck in Times Square as you attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Chess Marathon! Your resilience and spirit inspire us all. Remember your own powerful words: ‘It is possible to do great things from a small place.'”

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For Onakoya, his mission transcends personal achievement; it’s about empowering underprivileged children across Africa.

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Expressing his motivation, he wrote, “Doing this for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education.”

In addition to his record-breaking attempt, Onakoya has initiated a fundraiser with a lofty goal of $1 million.

“Our goal is to donate 1 million chess sets globally. To date we have secured 116,000 chess sets for global distribution, reaching over 25 countries,” he shared on the fundraising platform, Tiltify.

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As Onakoya embarks on this remarkable journey, the support of Nigerians and global chess enthusiasts alike will undoubtedly fuel his determination to make a difference.

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