May 27, 2024

Renowned Nigerian chess master and founder of Chess in Slums Africa, Tunde Onakoya, has embarked on a remarkable journey to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon, starting on Wednesday, April 17th.

Known for his philanthropic endeavors, Onakoya revealed his ambitious plan to engage in a continuous chess match lasting 58 hours, commencing at 10 am on April 17th and concluding at 8 pm on April 19th in Times Square, New York City.

The current Guinness World Record stands at 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds, achieved by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad of Norway on November 11, 2018.

Through his X account, Onakoya expressed that his endeavor is driven by the aspirations of millions of children across Africa who lack access to education.

On the 17th of April 2024, I will attempt to break the Guiness World record for the longest Chess marathon in the heart of Times Square New York City for 58 hours without losing a game,”

“Doing this for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education,” he tweeted.

Onakoya is well-known for his admirable work using chess as a means to provide opportunities for children living in marginalized areas, commonly known as slums, within the country.

In an interview with Channels Television, he explained that he knew the pain of hunger.

He said, “We knew the pain of not having access, and that is the real tragedy of poverty. It’s not just about not having money; you’re not having access. You’re completely removed from systems—you know, education, the rule of law, everything.”

“I aim to be the support I wished I had when I was younger, for someone else”.

Nigerians drummed their supports for Onakoya as they flooded his comment section with words of encouragement.

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