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GWR: Chess master Tunde Onakoya arrives Nigeria, gets hero’s welcome


The founder of Chess in Slum, Africa, and Chess master, Tunde Onakoya, has finally arrived in Nigeria after breaking the world record for the longest-ever chess marathon and setting a new record (60 hours).

The Chessmaster received a heartwarming welcome upon his return to Nigeria and was heralded with singing and dancing at the airport.

He had earlier announced his arrival in Nigeria via a post on his X handle (formerly Twitter), which he captioned “Home again🇳🇬❤️”

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Tunde, in another post where he quoted a video of his arrival to Abuja shared by Channels Television, said, “The moment I stepped out of the plane in Abuja last night and was almost mobbed by customs officials for a selfie, it immediately dawned on me that my reality was a different one now.
This will definitely take a lot of getting used to😊. See you guys in Lagos by 2pm❤️”

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WUZUPNIGERIA had earlier reported how the Chessmaster made history in New York City’s Times Square by raising over $130,000 during his 60-hour chess marathon while playing with American Chessmaster Shawn Martinez and was unbeaten in more than 170 games.

Tunde commenced the chess marathon on April 17, 2024, completed the earlier scheduled 58 hours over the current record of 56 hours, and did 60 hours on Saturday.

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His feat has since then received congratulatory wishes from private citizens and public organizations.