Nigerian Chess Pro Tunde Onakoya Sets New Marathon Record in Times Square

Tunde Onakoya, a Nigerian chess expert, shattered the record for the longest chess marathon in New York’s bustling Times Square.

Playing non-stop for 58 hours, Onakoya aimed to raise $1 million for charity to support chess education for kids worldwide.

Cheered on by hundreds, including music from Nigerian star Davido and dishes like jollof rice, Onakoya’s feat captured attention both in New York and back home in Nigeria.

Born in Lagos’s tough slums, Onakoya sees chess as a lifeline, using his nonprofit to teach the game to underprivileged children.

His journey from poverty to record-breaking success is not just about chess—it’s about resilience and the power of dreams.

(Adapted from BBC News)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-68852876

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