By Patrick Omorodion
TO popularise the game of scrabble in the country the more, the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) has concluded plans to organise the first National Collegiate Scrabble Championship at the University of Ilorin in Kwara State.
President of the NSF, Chief Toke Aka who disclosed this, said the championship which will hold at the Main Auditorium of the universityâ€™s permanent site next Saturday â€œis open any scrabble player, male or female, in a post-secondary institution.â€
â€œTop young players in this championship will represent Nigeria at the World Youth Scrabble Championship later this year,â€ Chief Aka said.
On the eligibility of the players, the NSF boss said, â€œany scrabble player who is currently in a post-Secondary institution of learning, including Poly/Monotechnics, Colleges of Education, Universities e.t.c. is eligible except those who are pursuing higher degrees, such as Masters, from these institutions.â€
To ensure that only qualified students play in the championship, Chief Aka said that prospective players must register with the name of their schools, birth certificate or Sworn Declaration of age, school Identity Card or its equivalent as well as their Matriculation number.
He said that accreditation of qualified players will hold on Friday, September 18 while â€œaccommodation will be provided free of charge for participants by the University of Ilorin,â€ adding that each player will play a total of eight games while the winner will be the one with most points and cumulative spread.
First prize is N50,000, the NSF boss said, as he disclosed that it could be increased if the federation is able to secure more sponsorship funds. To register however, each player is expected to pay a registration fee of N500 to the NSF.
The NSF stated that â€œSport coaches, school administrators or players may desire to make bulk tournament entry payments at the bank for their students or friends.â€