NSF hosts 2nd WASC, invites 21 players to represent Nigeria

November 15, 2023


The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) has named a 21 man team for the forthcoming West African Scrabble Championship (WASC) holding in Lagos, South West Nigeria.

The invitees list released by the NSF includes six former African Scrabble Championship winners and the winner of the inaugural West African Scrabble Championship, held last year in  Ghana, Mr. Eta Karo. The list also includes several promising young players and two female players.

NSF Technical Director John Curtis who doubles as the Chairman of the Sub Committee Technical and Tournament Logistics, says the West Africa Championship is a 28 games competition. 1 random, 22 lagged and 5 king of the hill pairings.

"Team Nigeria is a mixture of talented youth and experienced wordsmith with decades of major international Championships management coupled with experience." Curtis said.

The tournament is expected to commence from the 22nd of November and be concluded on the 26th of November 2023. 12000 (twelve thousand) US dollars has set aside as cash rewards for the top individual and teams participating in the tournament. More information on the details of the tourney will be published before the tourney's commencement.

Invitees List

NSF WASC 2023 Invitees

Name Club No. of Local Tourneys Remarks
Godwin VICTOR Warri Scrabble Club17 Current No.1 ranked resident Player/ EEAST Champion - 2023/ PANASA President’s Cup Champion - 2023.
Doko OLUWATIMILEHIN Unilag Scrabble Club6 MGI Grand Slam Finalist - 2023
Rex OGBAKPA Sapele Scrabble Club5 Former African Champion
Nsikak ETIM Shell Scrabble Club13 Former African Champion/MGI Grand Slam Champion - 2023
Enoch NWALI Unilag Scrabble Club14 Reigning African Champion - Champion Douye Diri Classic - 2023
Jighere WELLINGTON Sapele Scrabble Club14 Former two time African Champion Former World Champion - 2015 Reigning NASPA Champion - 2023
Anthony ODOK Apex Scrabble Club16 MGI MSPL Patron’s Cup Champion - 2023
Jimoh ABDULMUMEEN Apex Scrabble Club16
Anthony ODOK Apex Scrabble Club27 MGI MSPL Patron’s Cup Champion - 2023
John AYEDUN Pyramid Scrabble Club23 PANASA President’s Cup Semi Finalist - 2023
Ehibudu CHUKWUDI Apex Scrabble Club23
Okiemute TEGA Benin Scrabble Club18
Ben QUICKPEN Yenagoa Scrabble Club13
Olaribigbe HAKEEM Yenagoa Scrabble Club10
Moses PETER Uyo Scrabble Club7 Former two time African Champion/Former National Champion
Eta KARO Warri Scrabble Club N/A Reigning West African Scrabble Champion


NSF WASC 2023 - Wildcards

NameClubNo. of Local TourneysRemarks
TUOYO MayukuWarri Scrabble ClubN/AHighest Rated African Female Player
AFOLAYAN BukunmiAbeokuta Scrabble ClubN/AHighest Rated Nigerian Female Player
ADEYEMI AdeosunIkorodu Scrabble ClubN/APANASA President’s Cup Semi Finalist - 2023
EMMANUEL UmujoseWarri Scrabble ClubN/AFormer Winner - Akpabio Classics
EZINORE GeorgeBenin Scrabble ClubN/APotential to excel

Five (5) players have also been invited as standbys for the team.

NSF WASC 2023 Standby List

NameClubNo. of Local TourneysRemarks
NEGRO IGBINADOLORJos Scrabble ClubN/AStandby
ADEBOLA SAMUELOgun Scrabble ClubN/AStandby
SUNDAY OSHODIIkorodu Scrabble ClubN/AStandby
OPEYEMI OLOROSurulere Scrabble ClubN/AStandby
OYEBOLA ALLIApex Scrabble ClubN/AStandby

Additional stories courtesy Maxwell Kumoye (NSF Media and Publicity)

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