Shuaib Muhammad Bashir reports

A Nigerian Chess Champion and founder of Chess in slums, Tunde Onakoya, recently announced his ambitious attempt to break the Guinness World record for the longest Chess marathon. Taking place on the 17th of April 2024, the event will be held right in the heart of Times Square, New York City, and will involve him playing for an astonishing 58 hours without losing a single game.

His motivation for this extraordinary feat stems from his desire to bring attention to the dreams of millions of children across Africa who lack access to education. In a heartfelt statement posted on his social media timeline, he emphasized the importance of his mission, saying, “Doing this for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education.”

Undoubtedly, this venture poses a significant challenge for him. However, he is buoyed by the support he will receive throughout the marathon. Expressing his gratitude for the backing of his followers, “This is by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but one thing I know for sure is I will not be alone through it all. Need everyone’s support now more than ever to raise awareness and support for the incredible work we do.” He stated.

Chessinslums, the organization founded by him, has been instrumental in providing opportunities for underprivileged children to learn and play chess within impoverished communities. Through his dedicated efforts, Onakoya has recognized the power of chess as a tool for education and empowerment, equipping children with essential life skills such as critical thinking, mental discipline, and strategic planning.

With his upcoming Guinness World record attempt, he hopes to leverage the global spotlight on this momentous event to shed light on the dire need for access to education in Africa. By pushing the boundaries of his own endurance and showcasing the potential of chess, Onakoya aims to inspire individuals and organizations to support his cause and contribute towards ensuring a brighter future for countless children.

As the countdown to the historic event begins, chess enthusiasts, supporters, and advocates of education alike are eagerly awaiting Onakoya’s marathon challenge. With his determination, passion, and the collective support of his followers, Tunde Onakoya’s world record attempts to shine a spotlight on the plight of marginalized children while igniting hope for a better and more inclusive future.

Muhammad Bashir Shuaib is a Journalist and works as a reporter with Confidence News Ng