An Insight into Tunde Onakoya, the Nigerian Chess Master

Tunde Onakoya is a name well known for his mastery in the realm of chess, not just in Nigeria but also on the international stage. Founder of Chess in Slums Africa. He has organized a number of interventions programs for children across slums across Lagos in places like, Ikorodu, Makoko and recently, Oshodi.

Early Life and Passion

Tunde Onakoya was born on 6th October, 1994 aged 29, in Ikorodu , Lagos Nigeria. He has a diploma in computer science from Yaba College of Technology where he was a gold medalist who represented the school in Nigeria Polytechnic Games and also at the RCCG Chess Championship.He is also a board member of the New York City-based non-profit The Gift of Chess.

With a passion for the game that ignited in his early years, Onakoya’s journey to becoming a chess master is one marked by dedication, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of greatness.

Though from a humble beginning, hence his popular saying “It is possible to do great things from a small place” Tunde Onakoya discovered his love for chess at a tender age. Encouraged by supportive family members and mentors, Onakoya honed his skills through hours of practice and study, laying the foundation for his future success.

Rise to Prominence in Nigerian Chess

As Onakoya’s proficiency in chess grew, so did his reputation within the Nigerian chess community. His strategic brilliance and unwavering determination propelled him to the forefront of national competitions, where he consistently demonstrated his prowess against formidable opponents. With each victory, Onakoya solidified his status as a rising star in Nigerian chess circles, inspiring admiration and respect among his peers.

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Onakoya’s journey to mastery reached new heights as he began to compete on the international stage. Representing Nigeria with pride and distinction, he showcased his exceptional talent in various prestigious tournaments across the globe.

Beyond his individual achievements, Onakoya has made significant contributions to the growth and development of chess in Nigeria. Through coaching, mentoring, and grassroots initiatives, he seeks to inspire the next generation of chess enthusiasts and nurture talent within the country.

Guinness World Record

Tunde Onakoya is currently trying to break the Guinness world record for the longest chess marathon. He is playing his games in the open air in Manhattan. This is a great achievement for him as well as his country Nigeria. With much support from supporters in and outside the country, Tunde Onakoya is still riding strong in his attempt to break this record.

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