Lagos, Nigeria – Ojih David and Ejenakevbe Ese have asserted their dominance in the U-19 and U-15 categories, respectively, during the ongoing PANASA/Winifred Awosika Foundation African Youth Scrabble Championship (AYSC). The tournament’s second day concluded with Ojih and Ejenakevbe firmly securing the top positions in their respective age groups.
Ojih kicked off the second day of play in round 4, with Ogbonna Michael leading the standings and Lateef Musa closely following in second place. However, the landscape of the competition shifted dramatically on Day 2. Lateef emerged as a force to be reckoned with, dethroning Ogbonna from the top position. Lateef’s impressive performance earned him 441 points, outscoring his opponent who managed 389 points, resulting in a 52-point spread in round 5.
Ogbonna, determined to regain his standing, displayed remarkable resilience. He rebounded from his setback, triumphing over Idris David with a score of 423-397 in round 6, edging out Ojih 400-389 in round 7, surpassing Ola Blessing 398-382 in round 8, and narrowly defeating Adeleke with a score of 408-404 in round 9. However, Ogbonna’s winning streak proved short-lived as he faced three consecutive losses, relinquishing the top spot to Ojih.
Ojih’s ascendancy to the leading position was briefly interrupted in round 12 when he encountered Joy Ola. Joy exhibited outstanding gameplay, securing a 50-point spread and finishing the match with a score of 397-347. Ojih’s record now stands at 10 wins and two defeats.
Meanwhile, in the U-15 category, Nigeria’s Ejenakevbe Ese showcased exceptional skills, claiming the top spot in the standings after nine rounds of intense competition on Day 2 of the AYSC. Aliu Qudus holds the second position, closely followed by Imode Clinton in third place.
As the championship unfolds, the young scrabble prodigies continue to captivate audiences with their strategic prowess and determination to clinch victory. The PANASA/Winifred Awosika Foundation African Youth Scrabble Championship remains a platform for emerging talents to showcase their abilities and compete at the highest level.
The event, hosted in Lagos, Nigeria, promises more thrilling matches as participants vie for supremacy in this prestigious youth scrabble championship.