West African Scrabble Championship: Ghana to storm Nigeria with 10 wordsmith

President of Scrabble Association of Ghana (SCAG), Haruna Adamu said that at least ten heavyweight wordsmith led by Charles Tachie-Menson who was ranked 8th at the last World English Scrabble Players Association Championship (WESPAC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in July, will be storming Nigeria for the second edition of the West African Scrabble Championship (WASC).
Haruna Adamu, who was recently elected as Executive Committee member of the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA), said, Scrabble ‘Team Ghana’ will be in Lagos for the Championship and will surely give the rest of the sub- region a run for their money.
The Boss of Scrabble Association of Ghana, a country rich in gold, oil and cocoa, bordered by Cote D’Ivoire in the West, Togo in the East, Burkina Faso in the North and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the South, stated that the West African Scrabble Championship is a big platform that Ghanian players are eagerly looking forward to.
Charles Tachie-Menson who understands the Nigeria Scrabble circuit will be leading the Ghanian contingent and the West African Scrabble Championship will be his first major outing after his very impressive, brilliant and heart warming performance at the last World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where he came 8th among 134 players from 27 countries in attendance.
Charles Haizel Tachie-Menson, finished tenth during the maiden edition of the West African Scrabble Championship won by Nigeria’s Eta Karo and Team Ghana came second in the team event behind Nigeria.
Haruna Adamu a big player in his own right will be part of ‘Team Ghana’ heading to Lagos, the city of aquatic splendor alongside Stanley Ubiedi and Christian Mensah, a former National Champion, for the three days Championship.
Backed by its grand patron and the pillar of Ghana Scrabble, Samuel Mbrayeh Quartey, affectionately called SM Quartey, Team Ghana has always make their presence count at all major international Championships including the last African Scrabble Championship in Lusaka, Zambia.
At the African Scrabble Championship in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, Stanley Ubiedi another talented and experienced wordsmith that will be gracing a familiar turf in Lagos in the colours of Ghana, came 8th, with 20 wins from 32 rounds of games ahead David Kimani of Kenya and Emmauel Umujose of Nigeria.
Stanley Ubiedi, a Grandmaster winner and multiple Ghana National Championships title holder has a collections of scrabble honours that is very impressive and equally inspiring.
12,000 dollars has been set aside as prize money for the individual and team events of the championship and the prize money pool of the individual category is for the top ten and top three for the team event.
The Technical Director of the second edition of the West Africa Scrabble Championship (WASC), John Curtis who doubles as the Chairman of the Sub Committee Technical and Tournament Logistics, says the West Africa Championship is a 28 games competition. 1 random, 22 lagged and 5 king of the hill pairings.
It’s noteworthy to mention that the Republic of Ghana has a very rich Sporting and Scrabble heritage. Accra, hosted the first leg of the historic African Youth Scrabble Championship (AYSC) Trophy Tour this year as well as the first edition of the West African Scrabble Championship (WASC) last year and the coastal city may get the nod to host the World Scrabble Championship in 2025 with the PANASA President’s Cup (PPC) as a plus for the country.
Ghana will again be writing its name in the Scrabble and African Sporting Hall of Fame in March next year when the game of words will be making it’s grand entry into the All African Games as a demonstration event.
The Centre of Excellent and the City of aquatic splendor, Lagos will be hosting the second edition of West Africa Scrabble Championship (WASC), from the 22nd to the 26th of November, 2023.
Lagos got the nod ahead of ancient city of Benin and Abuja that were in contention to stage the biggest sub regional scrabble tournament in Africa with five countries, namely Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and host Nigeria in attendance and after the West African Scrabble Championship, the contingent from Ghana will be returning home to participate in their national championship scheduled to hold on the 1st and 2nd of December in Accra

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