Nigeria completed her sojourn at the 2023 World Scrabble Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with a respectable fourth and second individual and team final position respectively. Thirty-two (32) preliminary games were played after which the top two players qualified for the best-of-seven finals. One hundred and thirty-five (135) players from twenty-nine (29) countries competed at the tournament.

The 3rd annual Governor Douye Diri National Scrabble Championship will hold in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State from the 8th to the 9th of July 2023.


Wellington 2019 National Scrabble Champion.
Wellington National Champion 2019

The 29th edition of the Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Championship begins today at the National Stadium Abuja as part of the Festival of Scrabble this week from the 2oth to the 26th of March 2023.  Fifty-eight (58) players will be competing for the Green Jacket - the ultimate symbol of Scrabble Mastery in Nigeria. The players were drawn from eleven states and will be joined by 4 (four) NSF wildcard players and players from the Nigerian Navy.  2019 winner and defending champion Wellington Jighere is among the top Scrabble players who shall compete for honors.  Other top players like Eta Karo (2005 champion), Dipo Akanbi (2017 champion), Dennis Ikekeregor, Emmanuel Umujose, and Olatunde Oduwole (winner, 2016) are also among the top contenders for the prize. (more…)

Malafakumo Akpos of Bayelsa state overcame all opposition to pick the Gold medal in the Female Singles event at the National Sports Festival in Asaba Delta State. (more…)

The second edition of the Governor Douye Diri National Scrabble Championship will take place in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State from July 15 to 17 2022. Over five million nairas in prize monies will be won by participants in the competition.


July 15-17, 2022


Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Yenagoa



Best Female - N50,000.00 (Masters)

Intermediate Category

Consolation Prizes for three (3) Best Female (Intermediate) – N40,000.00, N30,000 & N20,000 respectively

Open Category

Consolation Prizes for three (3) Best Female in Open – N30,000.00, N20,000 & N10,000 respectively

Veteran Category

Consolation Prize for one (1) Best Female – N45,000.00

All consolation prizes for females will be given irrespective of whether the person has won other prizes or not.

Students Category


Registration closes Thursday, July 14, 2022. Registration fee should be paid to:

Account name: Bayelsa State Scrabble Association
Account number: 1214067584
Zenith Bank

Contact Bayelsa Scrabble Association on 08062394553 for more information.

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

Spring College122
St Thomas12
St Louis11
First Grade School12

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
1Intercontinental School4593
2Spring Secondary School482
3First Grade Comprehensive314
4St Thomas Secondary School3-8
5Rumfa College3-109
6St Louis School2110
7Brilliant Academy1-125
8Government Technical0-557
HIGH GAME: Intercontinental School 390
Results after Round 5 - Singles
1Fatima Tahir5621Intercontinental College
2Solomon Bashir3344St Thomas Secondary School
3Sultan Atanda3265Spring Secondary School
4Hajara Abubakar3-53First Grade Comprehensive College
5Eze Ashley3-118St Louis Secondary School
6Abdullahi Abdullahi1-216Rumfa College
7Abdulsamad Muhammed1-308Government Technical College Nassarawa
8Usman Bello1-535Brilliant 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.


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