Nigerians rally behind Tunde Onakoya’s Guinness World Record attempt in 58-hour chess marathon

Nigerians rallying behind Tunde Onakoya holding the country's national flag. Photo credit: X / @Tunde_OD

By Seyi Gesinde

In a remarkable show of unity and unwavering support, Nigerians from across the globe have joined forces to back Tunde Onakoya in his audacious bid to make history.

Onakoya, a celebrated figure in the world of chess, has set his sights on surpassing the current Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chess game, set at 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds by Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad of Norway in 2018.

The stage for this epic showdown is none other than the vibrant heart of New York City, Times Square, where Onakoya commenced his journey with the striking of the clock at 10 am on Wednesday, April 17.

With steely determination etched on his face, Onakoya made his first move, igniting what promises to be a gruelling test of endurance and mental acuity.

Long before the first pawn was moved, Nigerians from all walks of life rallied behind their champion, flooding social media platforms with messages of encouragement and solidarity.

From Lagos to London, Abuja to Atlanta, the Nigerian diaspora stood united in a display of unwavering support, their voices resonating across continents.

Among those lending their support is Adekunle Kosoko, better known as Adekunle Gold, a cherished figure in the Nigerian music scene.

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Gold’s presence at the event served as a powerful symbol of the widespread appeal of Onakoya’s endeavour and the collective pride felt by Nigerians worldwide.

Onakoya’s ambition? To engage in an intense 58-hour chess marathon, aiming to play without suffering a single defeat.

As the hours passed, Onakoya remained resolute in his determination, each move meticulously calculated as he edged closer to his goal.

The intensity of the marathon was palpable, with every passing moment bringing Onakoya one step closer to etching his name into the annals of history.

As the sun began to set on the second day of the marathon, the atmosphere in Times Square reached a crescendo.

Crowds gathered, their eyes fixed on the giant chessboard where Onakoya continued to make his mark with each move.

Yet, as the clock approached 8 pm on April 19, a sense of anticipation filled the air. While victory remained within reach, Onakoya had not yet crossed the finish line.

For Nigerians everywhere, Onakoya’s courageous attempt serves as a testament to the power of unity, determination, and the unwavering spirit of a nation united behind a common cause.