Jighere Wellington emerges world scrabble champion
President Muhammadu Buhari was on the phone early Sunday [Nov 8] evening to Perth, Australia, felicitating with 36-year-old a Nigerian, Jighere Wellington, who emerged World Scrabble Champion, the first ever from Africa.
Mr Jighere Wellington on Sunday morning emerged the new Scrabble champion of the world after defeating Lewis Mackay 4-0 in a Best of Seven series in Perth Australia. The duel which was monitored online kicked off at 2 a.m. Nigerian time with the winner set to emerge after coming tops in seven games.
But Wellington, who had already finished first in a 32-Game Scrabble marathon to qualify for the two-man finals and defeated his English opponent in just four games and thus becomes the new World Scrabble Champion.
Wellington also placed 3rd at the World Scrabble Championship in 2007.
Nigeria also emerged as the best team of the championship as five of its six representatives finished in top 50 players of the tournament with Ayorinde Saidu and Emmanuel Umujose placing 16th and 17th, respectively. With this victory Nigeria will gain more slots in terms of representations at subsequent world tournaments.
"I called to rejoice with you over your performance. You have done the country proud, and we are very happy. Please, pass my congratulations to other members of Team Nigeria," President Buhari told Jighere.
Jighere was delighted at the phone call from the President, and pledged to bring more glory to his fatherland.