The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), has concluded arrangements to stage the first edition of the Nigeria Scrabble Festival, next month.
We gathered that the first edition of the Scrabble Festival scheduled to hold in the nation’s capital Abuja, will take place from the 20th to the 22th of March.
The week long Scrabble feast will involve three different events, a National Scrabble Festival, NSF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the grand finale of the 2022 NSF Inter Club Championship.
All participants are expected to hit Abuja on the 19th of March, the National Scrabble Festival starts on the 20th and ends on 22nd. On Thursday the 23th of March, the long awaited NSF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take centre stage.
After the AGM, the NSF Inter Club Championship will begin on Friday, the 24th and ends on Sunday the 26th and later on Sunday, the Awards and Gala Night will rap up the week long Scrabble feast.
The Awards and Gala Night as it’s name suggest will be used by the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), to reward and recognize players, coaches, administrators and sponsors who have distinguished themselves since the current board under the stewardship of Engineer Toke Aka, was elected and inaugurated in October 2021.
Each of the 36 States of the Federation and FCT will be represented by six players and Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), is expecting a full house.
The National Championship of the Scrabble Festival is a 28 rounds of games event with the winner smiling home with the bragging right of the Champion of Nigeria and a fat pay cheque.
The grand finale of the NSF Inter Club Championship which was rescheduled due to the 21st National Sports Festival tagged Delta 2022 and the now postponed National Youth Games, will involve 12 clubs.
The 12 finalists journey to Abuja for the grand finale started last year from the State Qualifiers to the six Zonal play-offs in Abuja, Asaba, Ibadan and Kaduna.
The big 12 are Yola Scrabble Club, Adamawa, representing the North East Zone. The North West is represented by South Side Scrabble Club of Kaduna.
Apex SC and Central Scrabble Club of Abuja are the touch bearers of North Central Zone. Like the the North Central Zone, South East has two teams, Enugu Scrabble Club and Safari Scrabble Club of Owerri in the grand finale.
The power house and the cradle of the game of words in Nigeria, South West and South South will be in the capital with three formidable teams each.
Ibadan SC, Ikorodu Scrabble Club with the adorable, Priscilla Akhabue who won gold at the National Sports Festival, in their fold and Pyramid Scrabble Club A of Lagos are heading to the Inter Club Championship grand finale as South West flag bearers while Prince Omosefe will be leading the Benin Scrabble Club to Abuja as one of the South South delegates.
The two other clubs from the South South are Warri Scrabble Club and Yenagoa Scrabble Club that parades the likes 2022 National Sports Festival medalist, Ben Quickpen and Precious Igali.
During the grand finale of the Inter Club Championship, the 12 teams will be divided into three groups of four teams each with the top two teams in each of the three groups going through to the next stage alongside two best third placed teams.
The draw for the grand finale will be conducted in Abuja on a later date.
To kick start the series of activities rolling, the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), will lunch the Inter Club Championship logo and flyer for the National Scrabble Festival.