Secondary Schools Spelling Bee and Scrabble Competition was held from 4th to 5th of May 2018 Intercontinental College Kano.

Medals Table for Spelling Bee and Scrabble

Intercontinental 3 2
Spring College 1 2 2
St Thomas 1 2
St Louis 1 1
First Grade School 1 2

Results: Spelling Bee.

Written Junior Secondary
  1. Gold Medal- Khadijah Abdul Muhammad - Intercontinental College Tarauni.
  2. Silver Medal - Dominion Uujamhan - St Thomas Secondary School.
  3. Bronze Medal - Fatimah Ibrahim Adam - First Grade Comprehensive Secondary School.
Written Senior Secondary
  1. Gold Medal- Aisha Babangida Jino - Spring Secondary School.
  2. Silver Medal - Deborah Okegbile - St Louis Secondary School.
  3. Bronze Medal - Bara'atu Abdul Muhammed - Intercontinental College.
Oral Junior Secondary
  1.   Gold Medal- Dominion Uujamhan - St Thomas Secondary School.
  2.   Silver Medal - Khadijah Mohammed Aliyu - Spring Secondary School.
  3.   Bronze Medal - Khadijah Abdul Muhammad - Intercontinental College Tarauni.
Oral Senior Secondary
  1.  Gold Medal- Deborah Okegbile - St Louis Secondary School.
  2.  Silver Medal - Zainab Salisu Lawal - First Grade Comprehensive School.
  3. Bronze Medal -Aisha Babangida Jino - Spring Secondary School.

Results: Scrabble

Results after Round 5 - Doubles
Rank School Wins Margin
1 Intercontinental School 4 593
2 Spring Secondary School 4 82
3 First Grade Comprehensive 3 14
4 St Thomas Secondary School 3 -8
5 Rumfa College 3 -109
6 St Louis School 2 110
7 Brilliant Academy 1 -125
8 Government Technical 0 -557
HIGH GAME: Intercontinental School 390
Results after Round 5 - Singles
Rank Player Wins Margin School
1 Fatima Tahir 5 621 Intercontinental College
2 Solomon Bashir 3 344 St Thomas Secondary School
3 Sultan Atanda 3 265 Spring Secondary School
4 Hajara Abubakar 3 -53 First Grade Comprehensive College
5 Eze Ashley 3 -118 St Louis Secondary School
6 Abdullahi Abdullahi 1 -216 Rumfa College
7 Abdulsamad Muhammed 1 -308 Government Technical College Nassarawa
8 Usman Bello 1 -535 Brilliant Academy
HIGH GAME: Fatima Tahir 362

Winifred Awosika Foundation a non profit, non-governmental organization focusing on the well being of children and women has been promoting the game among school children for the past few years. This year, the foundation has decided to give her annual youth Scrabble tournament, the Winifred Awosika Scrabble Tournament for Schools (WASTFS) a national outlook with the inclusion of qualifiers from each of the 6 geo-political zones.

The tournament is restricted to primary school pupils only. There will be zonal preliminaries in each zone at the zonal headquarters comprising of 3 qualifiers from each state in a particular zone.

At the end of the preliminaries, three players each will emerge to represent each zone. Lagos and Abuja are not inclusive as special arrangements are already in place for their representatives to emerge.

The qualifiers and one chaperone each for each state will be sponsored by the foundation to Lagos Chrisland School in Opebi Lagos where the finals will take place in May.

Participating students (youths) will be given T-shirts and bags while gifts will be given to participating schools. There will be medals and trophies for winning schools with cash prizes for top (youth) player and school. Find details of the cash prizes below.



Date: 31st May - 2nd June 2018
Venue: Chrisland High School, Opebi, Lagos

Nigeria successfully defended her title as the best Scrabble playing nation at the 2nd edition of WESPAC (World English Language Scrabble Players Association Championship) tournament held from the 6th to 12th of November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The championship tournament featured 119 players from 30 countries who played 32 round-robin games each at the end of which two finalists emerged. At the first edition of WESPAC held in 2015 in Perth, Australia, Nigeria's Jighere Wellington emerged world champion. This edition also produced a superlative performance from another Nigerian, Mr Moses Peter, a top Scrabble player and captain of our team.

The finalist

Moses Peter finished the 32 games in second (2nd) place with 22 wins +1762 behind Akshay Bhandarkar of Bahrain who had 23 wins and +1082 spread. The two players played a best-of-7 finals where Moses Peter gallantly lost 3-4. Ashkay with PeterBhandarkar won the 1st and 3rd games. Moses Peter made sure he was not left behind by winning the 2nd and 4th games. He then pulled ahead with a 3rd win in the 5th game. Bhandarkar then needed to win the last 2 games for the title which he did. For his efforts, Bhandarkar went home with $7,000 and a trophy while Peter got $6,000 and a trophy. In third place was Nigel Richards of New Zealand, arguably the best player on the planet whom Peter had to defeat in round 32 to qualify for the finals.

Strongest Scrabble Playing Nation

Overall, our representatives were expected to put up a formidable challenge at the tournament and they did not disappoint. 2016 champion Wellington Jighere with 21 wins +1181 spread, finished strongly in fourth place while Olaiya Kabir (6th), Eta Karo (9th) and Dennis Ikekeregor (13th) also rallied to ensure Nigeria dominated the top 15 places. Worthy of note also in 11th position was former African champion, Nigeria's Femi Awowade who represented England at the championship. With the team performance, Nigeria retained her title as WESPAC Best Scrabble Playing Nation.

Team Nigeria in no particular order (position after 32 rounds in brackets)

  1. Moses Peter  (2nd) - qualified for final
  2. Dennis Ikekeregor (13th)
  3.  Eta Karo (9th)
  4. Wellington Jighere  (4th)
  5.  Dipo Akanbi (72nd)
  6. Nsikak Etim  (31st)
  7. Olaiya Kabir (6th)
  8. Olatunde Oduwole (28th)
  9. Tuoyo Mayuku (64th)
  10. Ben Quickpen (44th)
  11. Ojior Oshikena (56th)
  12. Curtis John (22nd)
  13. Dayo Tayo (57th)
  14. Mpakaboari Jack (60th)

Photos used courtesy of the 2017 WESPAC event website and various sources online.


Mind Games Incorporated invites the Scrabble community and the general public to the maiden edition of Nigerian MindGames Festival. The event will be held between 2nd - 5th November 2017 at Kakanfo Inn and Conference Center 1 Nihinlola Street Off Ring Road,  Joyce B Road, Ibadan Nigeria. The 1st Nigerian MindGames Festival will feature Scrabble, Draughts and Chess events in different categories.

The Scrabble event comprises of Open, Intermediate and Masters categories. To participate in the 1st Nigerian MindGames Festival you must be an active member of Mind Games Incorporated.  Registration starts on 15th August 2017. Early registration ends October 15 2017. Late registration starts October 16 2017. All registrations end 22nd October 2017. Late registrations attract an N2,500 surcharge. Entries will not be accepted after 22nd October 2017.

Registration fee (Scrabble)

Credit/debit cards are accepted during registration on the MGI website. Players may also pay registration fees via bank deposits/transfers. Players are required to register online with their teller/bank deposit code as soon as bank deposits are made. Please make bank payments payable to the following account: PHILLUC ASSOCIATES NIG LTD  FCMB  403 100 4016

Format (Scrabble)

Players can play up if they wish but playing down is not allowed.

For more information, please visit the 1st Nigerian MindGames Festival event page

Engr Dipo Akanbi, representing Lagos state, emerged the 2017 National Scrabble Champion by winning the 2017 edition of the Asaph Zadok  National Scrabble Championship held in Abuja. He won 18 games with an spread of +743 to dethrone 2016 national champion Olatunde Oduwole who finished in fourth place.  For his effort Dipo Akanbi won a cash prize of N150,000 along with a trophy and the green jacket signifying his admission into the elite group of Nigeria National Scrabble Champions.

Dayo Tayo, also of Lagos state, came second with 16.5 points and a spread of +346. He won a cash prize of N100,000. Moses Peter of Akwa Ibom came third with 16 wins and a +1351 spread, winning a cash prize of N50,000.

Team Lagos retained the title as the best state with five out of their six players emerging in the top six.  Lagos won a trophy and a cash prize of N100,000. Delta and Akwa Ibom came second and third best respectively .   Wellington Jighere, the 2016 WESPAC world scrabble champion finished 14th on the score table with 14 wins and +1076 cumulative spread.


Mr Olatunde Oduwole  joined the elite group of Nigeria National Scrabble Champions with his victory at the 2016 Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Championship held from the 15th to 17th of April in Abuja.  He emerged the best among 61 other top Nigeria-based Scrabble players including current World Scrabble Champion Jighere Wellington whom he edged out on cumulative points after both players had garnered 19 wins each in 24 rounds. The World Champion had led the pack for most of the tournament until round 22, the first round of the King of the Hill when Oduwole beat him  363-455 to momentarily take the top spot. Mr Jighere took the next game (round 23) 443-418 to regain the leadership with a point which meant Oduwole had to beat him in the final round to take the title. This Oduwole did 497-399 to finish first and become the National Scrabble Champion with 19 points and a cummulative spread of +1856. Wellington with 19 wins +1180 was first runner-up while former African Champion Mr Rex Ogbakpa came third with a tally of 17-1-6 +938.

The National Scrabble Champion was later presented with the Green Jacket, a trophy and cash prize of 250,000 Naira. Cash prizes and plaques were also presented to the first and second best players and the best performing team. 62 players  including a female (Sule Success) drawn from State Scrabble Associations after qualifiers at the State level competed at the National Championship. Click here for final results of the championship.

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The Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Championship is slated for Friday 15th - Sunday 17th April 2016. Arrival is Thursday 14th April. Games commence on Friday 15th April. A total of 24 games will be played over a three day period. Friday - 9 games, Saturday - 9 games and Sunday - 6 games. Venue(tentative) - National Stadium Package B.

Participants are selected from qualifying tournaments from participating states. Each State is represented by 4 players with 2 reserve players.

The Championship will produce the National Champion  who will receive a  Gold medal (and a Green Jacket) plus  N 150, 000.00 prize money. The first runner up will take home a Silver medal  and N100, 000.00 cash prize while the second-runner-up prize is a Bronze medal and N50,000.00 cash prize. The overall  Best State will collect  a trophy and N100, 000.00.

Tournament website



Winners emerged after 15 games were played in the three categories Masters, Open and Veterans.

In the Masters category, Etim Nsikan of Akwa-Ibom State emerged champion with 12 points +1338 to take home a beautiful plaque and the grand prize of N170,000, while Eromosele Samuel of Edo State had 12 points +642 to  win the first prize of N100,000 in the Open category. Veteran Niyi Esan emerged champion in the Veteran category with 11 points +842 winning a cash prize of  N100,000 and a plaque. Closing ceremony(video)

Full Results Kogi Opens 2012

Veterans   Open  Masters

Tournament Details

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August Friday 31st - September Sunday 2nd.

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Confluence Hotels. Lokoja

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15 games at 20 minutes/player

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All intending players must register online after bank payment of registration fee. See link below.
Registration is inclusive of accommodation as follows:

  1. Masters (single player or paired players)
  2. Opens (single player or paired players)
  3. Veterans (single player or paired players)
  4.  Master player pairing with either Opens or Veterans player.


All unlicensed players  must include an additional registration fee of N8,000 
Accommodation is for 2 nights only: Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September night. Check out is on Sunday September 2nd.

Registration payment is as follows:

All players to come with boards and timers or be prepared to hire same from the NSF at a fee.


In order to curb noise making at our tournament venues: A deduction of 50 cumulative points (For either current game or next game) for first noise making apprehension will be applied; and a dismissal for 2nd apprehension.


Friday 31st August:
Arrival of all players/ guests check into allocated rooms.
Get together party with free drinks for all Residents - 9pm till midnight.

Saturday 1st September:
8am - 1pm Games 1-61pm - 2pm Lunch (provided) Break
2pm - 7pm games 7-12

Sunday 2nd September:
8am-11am Games 13-1511am-12noon Presentation of prizes
Departure of all players/Guests

Position Masters Open Veterans
1st 170. 100. 100
2nd 80. 50. 50
3rd 50. 30. 30
4th-5th 30each. 20each. 20each
6-10. 20each 15each. --

All prizes are in (multiples of) thousands (Naira) e.g 30 = N30,000
In Masters: Top two Highest Placed but lowest rated players (Not placed within 1-10 position) will get a prizes of N20,000 each. N20,000 is also offered to be best finishing female Player in the Open category not in the prize sharing range (whichever is higher in case prize is lower than 20k).
NOTE: Prizes may still increase if sponsorship is received.

Date:  Friday 16th - Saturday 17th March, 2012 (Arrival - Thursday)

Time: Games start 12 noon on Friday & 9am on Saturday
Venue: Lamurde Town Hall

Registration fee

No. of Games: 12 games in each category & 20 minutes apiece

Star Prizes: Masters - N400,000.00,  Opens - N150,000.00 and lots of consolation prizes to be announced soon.

Register online after payment  click here . Registration closes 9th of March 2012.

Participation is open to only those in good standing with the NSF. NSF registered players to pay only participation fees stated above while non-registered players to pay an participation fees plus NSF registration fees i.e Masters- N9,000, opens N7,000.

SPONSOR: Numan Traditional Council

N/B: For those who desire to represent Nigeria at the Africa Scrabble Championship late 2012, it is strongly advisable for you to attend.

I am directed to inform you that the Nigerian Scrabble Federation (NSF) has concluded arrangement to organize the under listed activities as scheduled below:

I am further directed to inform you that in accordance with article 2.1 of the General Administrative Guidelines for National Sports Federation, the General Assembly shall be made up of NSF Board and (2) two delegates i.e Chairman and secretaries from each State Scrabble Federation including the FCT or their representatives.
However, Scrabble players may be allowed to attend as observers.

Please note :

  1.  Any State that is willing to attend the General Assembly should submit names of their delegates to the NSF Secretary General.
  2.  All presentations during the Assembly should be sent to the NSF secretariat on or before 18th November to enable the secretariat capture it in the Agenda and copies made.
  3.  General Assembly starts at 7.00pm prompt.
  4.  Registration for Workshop should be forwarded to the NSF Secretariat on or before 5th November, 2011.


The NSF will provide accommodation for Chairmen and Secretaries of the 36 States including FCT on 25th November, 2011 for the General Assembly.  The NSF will provide accommodation for Inter Club finalists on 26th and 27th November, 2011.

Registration fee of N25,000 will be paid by each participant.
Tournament Director Certificate will be presented to those who pass the test as Director during the workshop.

James Eakyns
Secretary General.

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