GWR: Tony Elumelu, Jide Sanwoolu, others react to Tunde Onakoya’s Chess Marathon

Nigerian chess master Tunde Onakoya has initiated an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon in New York City, drawing attention from influential leaders in Nigeria.

At 29 years old, Onakoya’s objective goes beyond surpassing the existing record of 56 hours, set in 2018; he also aims to raise funds for the Gift of Chess and Chess in Slums Africa organizations. These entities leverage chess to uplift children from impoverished backgrounds.

Expressing his motivation, Onakoya conveyed a message on a sandwich poster near the gaming tables, stating, “I’m playing for the dreams of millions of children globally without access to education.”