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)

Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Grand Patron of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), Sen. Godswill Akpabio has charged members of Team Nigeria to the World Scrabble Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to make the country proud at the event. He gave this charge to the team on Tuesday in his office when the team led by NSF President Engineer Toke Aka paid him a visit. (more…)

Clubs/Players have commenced payments for Club affiliation fees and Player Annual Subscription, respectively to NSF. Listed below are the details of affiliated club and Subscribed players:

AFFILIATED CLUBS (As at 31st May, 2023)

  1. Apex Scrabble Club - Abuja
  2. Central Scrabble Club - Abuja
  3. Egbin Scrabble Club - Ikorodu
  4. Benin Scrabble Club - Benin
  5. Anambra Scrabble Friends Scrabble Club, Awka
  6. Lekki Scrabble Club - Lekki
  7. Building Scrabble Pros (BSP) Scrabble Club, Lagos
  8. Surulere Scrabble Club, Lagos
  9. Sapele Scrabble Club, Sapele
  10. Odi Scrabble Club, Odi
  11. Pyramid Scrabble Club, Abule-Egba
  12. Kwara Scrabble Club, Ilorin
  13. Unilag Scrabble Club, Lagos
  14. Asaba Scrabble Club, Asaba
  15. Sunshine Scrabble Club, Akure
  16. South-Side Scrabble Club, Kaduna
  17. Bayelsa Scrabble Club, Yenagoa
  18. Jos Scrabble Club, Jos
  19. Kano Scrabble Club, Kano
  20. Ibadan Scrabble Club, Ibadan
  21. Warri Scrabble Club, Warri
  22. Central Scrabble Club, Kaduna
  23. Ikorodu Scrabble Club, Ikorodu
  24. NLNG Scrabble Club, Bonny Island
  25. Abeokuta Scrabble Club, Abeokuta
  26. Shell Scrabble Club, Port-Harcourt
  27.  Port-Harcourt Scrabble Club, Port-Harcourt
  28. Safari Scrabble Club, Owerri,
  29. Police Scrabble Club, FCT HQ
  30. Fountain Scrabble Club, Ekiti
  31. Arid Scorpions Scrabble Club, Taraba

FULLY COMPLIED CLUBS (Club Affiliated with at least 7 Subscribed Players) as of 31st May 2023 - to enjoy Incentives.

PARTIALLY COMPLIED CLUBS - Less than 7 subscribed players

Club not yet effective (Requisite criterion of “Minimum of 7Players for Club to be recognized” has not been fulfilled).

Please NOTE:
Penalties for late Club Affiliation/Players Annual Subscription will come into effect on the 1st of June, 2023 (after the lapse of the extension period on the 31st of May, 2023.

From 1st of June, 2023 Tournament files including unsubscribed players for the 2023/2024 Scrabble Season shall not be rated, except the concerned player/s duly meet his/her/their obligations (after either paying the nominal and penalty due or paying the fine associated with playing a tournament having not subscribed through an affiliated Club).

John Curtis (Technical Director)

The 2023 NSF Inter-Club Challenge Grand Finale will hold in Abuja as part of activities of the week-long 1st NSF Scrabble Festival Abuja from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of March 2023. (more…)

The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (FCT Zone) invites you to the 2022 Abuja National Scrabble Open Tournament which will be held from Saturday the 1st to Sunday the 2nd of October 2022 at the Media Center Package A, National Stadium Abuja. Games start at 8.30 am on Saturday, the 1st of October. (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.

The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (South-South Zone) invites you to the 2022 South-South National Scrabble Open Tournament which will be held from Friday the 22nd to Sunday the 24th of April 2022 at Asaba.  Arrival is latest on the 22nd of April 2022. Games start at 10 am on Saturday, the 23rd of April. (more…)

The NSF has announced the modalities and guidelines for the 2022 Interclub Challenge. The summary of the guidelines is as follows. A PDF document of the full details can be downloaded by clicking here


The Nigeria Scrabble Federation in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force and the Oyo State Government invites you to the 1st IGP National Scrabble Open holding on Saturday 12th of March 2022 at Hidden Treasure Hotel and Suites Sharp Corner Behind Oaksview School Oluyole Extension Ibadan. Oyo State. Arrival is latest on 11th of March. Games start at 9am. (more…)

The Scrabble Gladiators WESPA Virtual Scrabble World Championship has been scheduled to hold from the 20th November to 5th December 2021 via the Woogles online Scrabble platform. In respect of the above, the following are criteria for the selection of players to be invited to participate in a qualifier from whence 7 players would be selected (as allotted) to represent Nigeria at the inaugural tournament.

You can also download a PDF copy of this document by clicking here.

Modalities/Rules For Selection


  1. Top 15 Players as indicated by the current National Scrabble Ratings.
  2. 5 Players would be awarded Wild Cards (from a pool of Female/Youths Players and any other player deemed to possess the potential to excel in online Scrabble)

The Rating cut-off date for the selection of invitees is 18th October 2021.

Note: Players that have been inactive on the Nigerian Scrabble Circuit in the last 6 months shall not be eligible for selection, irrespective of ratings as indicated on the National Rating List.


Basic requirements by players for effective participation shall include:

  1. Access to functional Laptop computers and Android Phones
  2. Uninterrupted Internet Access for effective participation
  3. Attestation to a "Code of Conduct" which prescribes observance of  "Good behavior" and sportsmanship.

No. Of Games

A total of 20 games shall be played over 2 days for the purpose of this qualifier.

Time Allotment

15 minutes will be allocated to each player per game/round.

Game Rules

The WESPA Virtual Scrabble Tournament Rules shall be used for the purpose of the qualifier (see Tournament link: - https://bit.ly/3BmUJsV).

Team Selection

  1. Games played on Days 1 and 2, respectively, shall be rated specifically (albeit independently) for the purpose of the qualifier.
  2. The average of respective placements from games played on days 1 and 2 shall be used to determine the Final Placements.
  3. The best-placed Player (1st) after completion of games played gets to be selected automatically.
  4. The next best placed 6 Players after completion of games played also get to be selected, albeit with a Proviso: Such player MUST fall within the top 12 Ratings (from the localized Ratings to be carried out specifically for the qualifier).

Please note: Further necessary information would be communicated to all (and subsequently,
Invitees and successful qualifiers) as they develop.

John Curtis
Technical Director – NSF

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