Doko Oluwatimilehin, a 500-level Pharmacy student at the University of Lagos has emerged winner of the second edition of the West African Scrabble Championship, (WASC) which took place in Lagos on Saturday the 25th of November 2023.

Doko vs Tega

Doko, who missed the African Scrabble Championship in Lusaka, Zambia and the World Scrabble Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada USA in July 2023, won nineteen and lost nine rounds of games with a cumulative spread of +1163 points to edge out Tega Okiemute (3rd) and former African champion Moses Peter, who finished second.

The 2nd WASC title holder had an impressive run throughout the three-day Championship. He ended day one at the top of the ladder with 9 wins. At the end of day two, Oluwatimilehin Doko (15 points, +774) and George Ezinore secured 15 wins each but Ezinore finished the day ahead on spread (+1243)

Winner, Doko Oluwatimilehin with trophy and friends.
Winner 2nd West African Scrabble Championship poses with friends

At the start of the final day of the championship, Doko defeated his school mate and current African Scrabble Champion Enoch Nwali 495-293 in game 23 on table 2. He then had to contend with the second runner-up, Tega Okiemute three times in the final KOH rounds; 26, 27 and 28 to claim the WASC title and the two thousand dollar cash prize.

NSF President Toke Aka presents prize.
Prize presentation by the President, NSF, Toke Aka

Moses Peter finished in second place after beating George Ezinore 507-418 to amass 18 points with Tega Okiemute (18 points, +1165) but Moses Peter went home with the one thousand dollar first runner-up cash prize because of his higher cumulative (+1351) spread.

Team Nigeria @ 2nd WASC
Team Nigeria @ 2nd WASC

Team Nigeria, at the end of the championship asserted its dominance as the powerhouse of Scrabble game in Africa as its players occupied the first to the ninth positions.The players include Okiemute Tega, Karo Eta, Nwali Enoch, Ezinore George, Odoh Anthony, Etim Nsikak and Victor Godwin.The Gambia's Richard Sock finished in the tenth position to receive the hundred dollar cash prize earmarked for the top ten. Charles Tachie-Menson was the best Ghanaian at number 12 at the end of the competition.

Nigeria emerged winner of the team event claiming one thousand five hundred dollar cash prize while Gambia finished ahead of Ghana to claim the one thousand dollar team prize for the first runner-up. Team Ghana took home five hundred dollars for the third best team.

Elated by his feat, Doko admitted that his victory was not a stroll in the pack, saying that it has been a herculean task t combining studies and sports.

Former African champion Nsikak Etim meets Doko on the board
Former African champion Nsikak Etim meets the WASC champion.

"It is very thrilling to win this tournament. I feel elated really, it is a dream come true. I just want to keep improving my game."

The President of Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), Toke Aka attributed the emergence of young players like African Scrabble Champion; Enoch Nwali and Doko Oluwatimilehin to the youth Scrabble games organised by the NSF to develop budding talents. "Then they used to have a scrabble game where secondary schools meet and winners emerge. Nwali Enoch and Doko Oluwatimilehin are a product of that tournament".

NSF President Toke Aka at the closing ceremony 2nd WASC.
NSF President Toke Aka at the closing ceremony 2nd WASC.

"They went through all of that, that was like 10 years ago when they started, today they are winning, it is not because they started today. They started a long time ago and we are beginning to see the result of what they started a long year ago,” he said.

The Sports Minister, Senator John Enoh represented by the ministry’s Lagos state Liaison Officer, Ikhana Mbora appreciated the effort of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, NSF for hosting the West African Championship. “We are impressed with the Nigeria Scrabble Federation, NSF. I am not surprised by what we are seeing. I want to thank you all for coming,” he said.

The next edition of the championship is expected to be hosted by Gambia, in 2024.

The second edition of the West African Scrabble Championship hosted by the NSF has commenced in Lekki, Lagos.

The tournament featuring the best of Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia Scrabble players will end on Saturday 25th of November.

Team Ghana
WASC Team Ghana

28 rounds of Scrabble games will be played to determine the new Scrabble Champion of Africa. Defending champion Eta Karo of Nigeria along with nineteen other players are carrying the nation's flag at the championship.

Team Gambia
Team Gambia

For standings and statistics of the tournament click here

Timetable 2nd West African Scrabble Championship Lagos

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)

The 2023 Emmanuel Egbele Annual Scrabble Tournament will be held from Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd June, 2023 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, VI, Lagos. Games start at 9AM on Saturday daily.


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