Nigeria Scrabble players will take a center stage from today at the Scrabble event of 13th All Africa Games currently holding in Ghana. Ably led by the national coach, Anthony Ikolo, eight top Scrabble players have been announced to fly the nation's flag at the games. The Scrabble event will be showcased as a demonstration sport at the games and will begin from March 15 -17 2023, at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.

The Pan African Scrabble Association (PANASA) recently announced that a total of 13 countries will be participating, and also that the Scrabble event at the Games in Ghana will be streamed live on its official Twitch channel for viewers globally. Interested viewers can connect to the PANASA official Twitch channel by clicking here to follow the games live. The Scrabble event at the games are in two languages; English and French.

In the English language Scrabble event, Nigeria will be joined by the host nation Ghana, as well as Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, South Africa and Zambia while the French language Scrabble competition will feature Benin Republic, Gabon, Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) recently selected a team of eight (8) players to carry the nations flag after an intense three-week camping at Ibadan, Nigeria. The team along with NSF officials including NSF president, Toke Aka and the federation's secretary Ejiro Thukson, are currently in Ghana and are in high spirits to defend the nation's rating as the best Scrabble playing nation in Africa.

Team List


  1. Wellington Jighere
  2. Nsikakabasi Etim
  3. Okiemute Tega
  4. Jimoh Abdulmumin


  1. Temituoyo Mayuku
  2. Adebisi Adekansi
  3. Joy Ola
  4. Akpos Malafakumo


The Nigeria Scrabble Federation in conjunction with the Kano State Scrabble Association invites you to the 18th Kano National Open Scrabble Competition from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th of February 2022 at Kano Club (Scrabble Section), No. 2, Bompai Road, Kano. (more…)

The World English Scrabble Players Association Champion 2015-2017 and Mind Sports Ambassador, Mr Wellington Jighere invites all and sundry to his maiden Scrabble Classics. The Wellington Scrabble Classics is a precursor to the Akpabio Classics which is also a precursor to WESPAC Kenya.
Date: 8th - 10th September 2017
Venue: Option57 Hall and Suites, Abisogun Avenue, Akesan, Lagos.
Number of Categories: Three (3) categories namely: Masters (1400 rating points and above), Opens (1399 rating points and below) and Youth (Under 17).
Registration: 14th August and ends on 7th September 2017.
Players are to register for the tourney by paying their registration fees into the account provided below:
Account number: 0050704286 (Access Bank Plc)   Account name: Wellington Jighere. After payment, players are to text their names and payment details to this number for confirmation: 08037339135
Number of games: 15 (fifteen)
Tournament Rules: WESPA rules version three with 10 points penalty for an unsuccessful challenge.
Time: 20 minutes per player.
Projected Star Prize: N200, 000 (two hundred thousand Naira only).  It might be more pending on arrival of additional sponsorship.
Total Prize Pool: N750, 000 (seven hundred and fifty thousand Naira only).  Might be more on arrival of additional sponsorship.
Pairing Software: TSH (Seun Oyeleke).
Name of Organizers: Wellington Jighere and Gen. Gold Eburu.
Contact email: lakruzawelly@yahoo.com
Contact Phone number: +2348037339135

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


The 6th Godswill Akpabio International Scrabble Classics will be held in Uyo,  Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria from the 27th to 30th September 2012. The event is sponsored by the executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Godswill Obot Akpabio and hosted by the good people of  Uyo in the serene and hospitable Akwa Ibom state of Nigeria.  The last edition of the Classics was won by Mr Sammy Okosagah, a Nigerian International Scrabble Master based in the U.K. He took home the sum of $10,000 (ten thousand US dollars) for his efforts. Scrabble players from all over the world are invited to this prestigious event, the highest paying Scrabble event ( in sum total of prize monies across categories) worldwide. The event is in 4 (four) categories (divisions): Masters, Intermediate, Open and Veterans categories.

Event Rules

No of Games: 28 games across all categories Lexicon: Colins Scrabble Words 2012 (CSW12) Rules:  WESPA rules version 2 with a 10pt penalty for moves challenged.


See details of the event by on the Godswill Akpabio Classics event information page.


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


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.

The first Diaspora Invitational Scrabble tournament for Nigerians in Diaspora was held on the 22nd of April 2012 in U.K . The event was organized by the President of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation Toke Aka. The President emphasized the need for Nigeria Scrabble players in Diaspora to play regularly  as a means of staying match fit and ready for International events. Nine (9) players were in attendance and competed in the NSF and ABSP rated tournament:

  1. Wale Fashina
  2. Azu Ogbogu
  3. Adekoyejo Adegbesan
  4. Olabatoke Aka
  5. Fidelis Bruce Olotu
  6. Clement Ikolo
  7. Olakunle Ajayi
  8. Abiodun Adeyemi
  9. Sanmi Odelana

After nine 9 games the result were as follows:

The 10th Causeway Scrabble Challenge is holding from 30th November till 4th December 2011 at Zon Regency Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. There are three Divisions, namely Premier, Masters and Open. 45 rounds of Scrabble will be played in each division and Nigeria will feature in the Premier  Masters and Open division. The winner in the Premier division will take home the sum of $10,000. Representing Nigeria in the Premier division are:

Nigeria's representative in the Masters Division are:

In the Open division, Nigeria is represented by Moses Owugah.

Update: Pakorn Nemitrmansuk is the winner of the 2011 Causeway Scrabble Challenge. He won 31 games and  had a +2361 cumulative  spread to cart away the 10,000 dollars prize. Current World Champion (2011)  Nigel Richards came second with 29 wins and a spread of +1515 and in the third place was Hubert Wee 28 wins and a  +817 spread.

Team Nigeria Final Standings after 45 games

In the Premier division, a late rally by Nsikan Etim was almost enough to take him into the top 10.  And in the Masters division, Victor Owokure did enough in the last 20 games to write his name in gold among the top 4. Jack Mpakaboari won the prize for the highest game in the Master division.

Here is a summary of Team Nigeria result:

Premier Division
  1. 11 Nsikan Etim 25 +989
  2. 16 Sunday Oshodi 24 +256
  3. 18 Moses Peter 24 -191
  4. 21 Dokun Esan 23 +151
  5. 30 Moshood Sanni 21.5 +345
  6. 35 Tuoyo Mayuku 20.5 -465
Master Division
  1. 4 Owokere Victor 28 +855
  2. 12 Bob Okoridem 25 +1007
  3. 20 Nsidibe Frank 24 +448
  4. 23 Olobatoke Aka 23.5 +307
  5. 26 Mpakaboari Jack 23 +467
  6. 33 Gora Suleiman 22 +193
  7. 40 Emeka Mbagwu 21 -311
  8. 48 Chelly Okoko 19 +122
  9. 49 Olajide Akinyemi 19 -526
Open Division
  1. 23 Moses Owugah 25 +47

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.

The NSF has concluded her WSC Qualifiers to select players who will represent Nigeria at the upcoming World Scrabble Championship.  Based on the selection modalities, results and ratings, the following persons have been selected to hoist Nigerian flag at the WSC in Warsaw, Poland.



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