…Appeal to US embassy to grant a key member of Team Nigeria, Doko Oluwatimilehin visa
…Team leaves for Las Vegas today via Turkish airlines
By Maxwell Kumoye
The President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Godswill Obot Akpabio has charged members of Team Nigeria to the World Scrabble Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to make the country proud at the event.
Akpabio who is the Grand Patron of Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) gave this charge to the team on Tuesday in his office when the Super Scrabble Eagles led by it’s President Engineer Toke Aka paid him a visit.
The Senate President, told the team to be good ambassadors of Nigeria while in the United States for the Championship which runs between the 22nd and 26th of this month in Las Vegas.
The President of the game of words in Nigeria Engineer Toke Aka used the visit to officially inform the Senate President that, a key member of the team, Doko Oluwatimilehin is yet to get his US visa.
Akpabio, immediately reached out to the US embassy, stating that Doko Oluwatimilehin is a young and talented player who will add colour to the World Championship.
“Doko is a future World Champion and an undergraduate pharmacy student of the University of Lagos that Team Nigeria needs at the Championship and he will surely return home to complete his education.” The former Akwa Ibom State governor told the US embassy official on phone.
We gathered that, the US embassy is already making the much needed moves and has requested the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to send it a covering letter which will be done today.
The number three citizen of Nigeria bidded the National Scrabble team farewell to this year’s World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA).
He charged them to do the country proud by repeating the feat of 2015, which saw them emerge the world champions in both the team event and the individual category won by Wellington Jighere.
The team is expected to depart Nigeria today (Wednesday) via the wings of Turkish airlines to be part of the World Championship.
Five African Scrabble Champions are part of Team Nigeria squad to the World Championship.
These are the players leaving tonight for America.
★ Fashina Olawale
★ Aweh Ebi
★ Salami Lateef Olabisi
★ Mayuku Temituoyo
★ Onota Ojiru
★ Adesiyan Adebowale Oluwayemi
★ Eyekomogba Akpomemerhe Morrison
★ Omosefe Prince
★ Oloro Opeyemi Noheem
★ Akanbi Oladipupo Monsuru
★ Sanya Adebola Oladipupo
★ Etim Nsikakabasi Solomon
★ Ikekeregor Dennis
★ Ofidi Emmanuel
★ Ikolo Anthony
★ Jighere Wellington
★ Eta Paul Oghenekaro
★ Oduwole Olatunde
★ Avwenagha Oshevire
★ Aka Olobatoke
★ Thukson IV Ejiro O’kessena
★ Adetomiwa Adeloye Adetunji
★ Nwali Enoch
★ Idahosa Bright
★ Osadolor Charles