President of the National Scrabble Federation (NSF), Garba Gora, and top scrabble players in the country are expected to hit Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital for the first Governor Douye Diri National Scrabble Championship.
Over 400 scrabble players from across Nigeria are expected to participate in the three-day circumstance.
A letter from the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) to the Bayelsa State Scrabble Association (BYSA) and made available to Nigerdeltaconnect, indicated that the tournament would hold between May 28 and 30, 2021.
The NSF letter read in part:
“The President of the National Scrabble Federation (NSF), Garba Gora, and top scrabble players in the country are expected to converge on Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital for the first Governor Douye Diri National Scrabble Championship.The championship would hold between May 28 and 30, 2021″.
Chairman of the BYSA, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, who confirmed the hosting right to journalists in Yenagoa, said
the essence of the championship was to enhance the development of scrabble in the state.
According to him, scrabble is an intellectual board game that helps to improve the use of words as well as inculcate good reading culture.
He added that “the association had begun a catch-them-young campaign in schools in order to encourage young Bayelsans to embrace scrabble as an intellectual game and be able to compete with their counterparts within and outside Nigeria”.
Alabrah is excited that the showpiece would be an avenue to boost the economy of the state.
About N10 million would be up for grabs as prize money in the masters, intermediate, veterans, opens, best females and students categories.
All the Covid-19 protocols would be observed during the three-day championship.