Lagos State Governor Commends Tunde Onakoya for Record-Breaking Chess Marathon

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has lauded renowned chess master Tunde Onakoya for his remarkable achievement in setting a new 60-hour chess marathon record. In a statement shared on his X account, Governor Sanwo-Olu celebrated Onakoya’s journey from Lagos, Nigeria, to global recognition, hailing it as a testament to the spirit of the city.

Sanwo-Olu congratulated Onakoya for breaking the world chess marathon record in Times Square, New York, emphasizing the significance of his accomplishment in embodying the essence of Lagos. He highlighted Onakoya’s story as a source of inspiration for all Lagosians, showcasing how determination and resilience can lead to monumental success, even from humble beginnings.

The Governor underscored the impact of Onakoya’s journey on the city of Lagos, emphasizing the champion’s commitment to empowering children, particularly in underserved communities. Despite facing challenges and fatigue during the marathon, Onakoya’s perseverance serves as a beacon of hope for dreamers everywhere.

Sanwo-Olu reaffirmed Lagos’s support for Onakoya, recognizing his momentous achievement and expressing solidarity with him every step of the way. He praised Onakoya’s dedication to raising funds and awareness for educational opportunities for underprivileged children across Africa, highlighting the importance of initiatives that uplift and empower the next generation.

As Onakoya’s foundation, Chess in Slums Africa, continues to champion the cause of providing educational opportunities, Governor Sanwo-Olu commended their efforts and encouraged others to follow suit in supporting noble causes that make a difference in the lives of children.


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