Day 2 of the Guinness World Record Attempt: Nigerian Chess Master Tunde Onakoya Gains Massive Support

Nigerian Chess Master Tunde Onakoya. Photo: Tunde Onakoya via X

The Nigerian chess prodigy, and Founder of Chess in Slums, Africa, Tunde Onakoya, has gathered overwhelming support as he continues on his journey to break the Guinness World Record. Notable celebrities & figures such as Nigeria’s Consul-General in New York City, Ambassador Peter Egopija, activist Omoyele Sowore, and Chess celebrities/ Nigerian Chess Champions- FM Adebayo Adegboyega, and WIM Labake Coker, have thrown their weight behind Onakoya‘s ambitious quest.

Ambassador Peter Lot Egopija, Nigeria’s Consul-General in New York City, and his team at Times Square to show their support. Photo: Tunde Onakoya
Omoyele Sowore visits Tunde Onakoya at Times Square, New York, to support him. Photo: Sahara Reporters via X
FM Adebayo Adegboyega. Photo: African Chess Media
WIM Labake Coker at Times Square to support Tunde Onakoya. Photo: Gift of Chess via X

Recently, Tunde Onakoya also received a surprise visit from the Nigerian singers; Adekunle Gold and David Adeleke (Davido), as well as the members of the 30BG (Davido’s) crew at the chess-playing venue. There was a buzz of excitement as he displayed his skills, defeating another chess master with 13 brilliant moves during a street challenge in New York.

Nigerian Singer, David Adeleke (Davido)

Adekunle Gold‘s support extended beyond mere presence, as he generously donated thousands of dollars, brand new iPads, and other equipment to aid Onakoya’s quest. This gesture was lauded by popular influencer, highlighting Adekunle Gold’s commitment to Tunde Onakoya‘s Guinness World Record attempt.

Adekunle Gold gracing Tunde Onakoya’s Challenge. Photo: Pamilerin Adegoke via X

In addition, The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima have also expressed their admiration for his resilience and representation of Nigeria on the global stage. The Nigerian President encouraged Onakoya to “Checkmate the world,” while Vice President Shettima praised his excellence and humanitarian interventions.

As Tunde Onakoya continues his marathon chess session, the outpouring of support from various sectors serves as an evidence to his determination and the pride he brings to Nigeria. All eyes are on Times Square, New York City, as he strives to make history, spark a new wave and inspire a new generation of chess enthusiasts.


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