Nigerian Chess Master, Tunde Onakoya Set to Break Guinness World Record

Nigerian chess master, Tunde Onakoya is aiming to set a new Guinness World Record by playing chess for a grueling 58 hours straight.

This historic attempt is set to unfold from April 17 to April 19 in New York City’s bustling Times Square, where Onakoya will strive to play without losing a single game.

Onakoya’s quest isn’t just about setting records; it’s a profound mission to highlight and support the educational aspirations of millions of African children who face barriers to accessing quality education.

Behind his ambition lies a deeply personal story of resilience and empathy. Onakoya, the visionary founder of Chess in Slums Africa, is driven by his own experiences with poverty and the lack of educational opportunities. Through his initiative, he leverages chess as a tool for mentorship and education, aiming to unlock the potential of less privileged children.

He hopes to surpass the current record of 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds, set by Norwegians Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad in 2018, and by doing so, bring global attention to the challenges faced by less privileged children in Africa.


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