Tunde Onakoya: An Inspirational Figure for all African Youths

Onakoya, a native of Ikorodu Local Government Area in Lagos State, made history by setting a new world record for the longest chess marathon. He played undefeated for 60 hours straight in New York City’s Times Square, all to raise funds for underprivileged children across the continent.

Surpassing the previous record set by Norwegian players Hallvard Haug Flatebo and Sjur Ferkingstad, who played for 56 hours and 9 minutes in 2018, Onakoya’s accomplishment is truly remarkable.

In a statement issued by his media aide, Enitan Olukotun, Senator Abiru commended Onakoya’s resilience and perseverance, especially considering the challenges he faced growing up in Ikorodu. He highlighted Onakoya’s achievement as a source of inspiration for young individuals, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are striving to achieve their dreams.

As the founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab in Ikorodu, where hundreds of youths have been empowered with training in various digital skills, Senator Abiru emphasized Onakoya’s role as a beacon of hope for young people aiming for global recognition in their respective fields.

Onakoya’s feat has garnered praise from notable figures including President Bola Tinubu, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and musicians Davido and Adekunle Gold, among others.

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