Oloffa of Offa, His Royal Highness Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II has advocated for the development of chess game in all the schools in Kwara state.
The Royal Father and front line sports enthusiast stated this at Ludlow Hall, Offa Grammar School, Offa at the opening ceremony of Governor AbdulRahman AbduRazaq 2nd Open Chess Challenge.
The Oloffa, who was represented by High Chief Tinuola MacCarthy commended the organisers for bringing the tournament to the ancient town of Offa, where he predicted that a world champion will be produced in no distance future.
Oba Gbadamosi assured the participants the best hospitality in Offa.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of Kwara State Chess Association, AbdulRasheed Aiyelabegan affirmed the readiness of the association to continue to spread the gospel of chess, to build mental capacity and enhance their intellect to overcome whatever challenges they come across in life.
Mallam Aiyelabegan praised the participating schools, clubs and individuals, adding that chess will soon become a household name as a result of strategy adopted by the board.
Over 200 participants registered for the tournament with schools around Offa forming the nucleus. In furtherance of the templates to raise the game, he inaugurated the Offa Chess Club, led by Mr Dere.
Mallam Aiyelabegan, who expressed delight at the overwhelming support received from personalities at the occasion assured them of the state government’s support to achieve their dreams.
He commended the Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Mr Kayode Alabi, management and staff of the Kwara State Sports Council, especially the Oloffa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, Board members of the Kwara State Chess Association, the media as well as the participating schools for gracing the event and making the opening ceremony a colourful and memorable one.
Also among the dignitaries present at the event are: the Chairperson of the occasion, Professor Mrs Dominic Leah, who is the Director of Sports, University of Ilorin, the Kwara State Director of sports, Mallam Atanda Alarape who came in company of management of Kwara State Sports Council, and Professor Raymond Ogunade of University of Ilorin.
Others are the Principal of the NOWA Secondary School, Offa, Lieutenant Commander Eve Egumeribe, the Principal of Offa Grammer School, the DPM of Offa Local Government Area and the SUBEB Secretary of the Local Government as well as the CEO, Sportspro News, Bayour Issah.
The participating schools at the three-day Open Chess Competition, which is already ongoing at the Offa Grammer School Hall are: Adeola College Offa, Adesoye College Offa, OGS Offa, ACC Offa as well as Darul Mubarak College Offa.
Prizes are available for both the Professional and Amateur categories while special gifts will be given to winners of the female and students categories. The second edition of the Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq Open Chess Competition will end on Sunday 7th February 2021 in Offa.