Students of Lagos State Model College have won most of the prizes at the 3rd edition of the Dr. Ola-Oki Scrabble Championship held in Badagry on Thursday.
The three-day event witnessed no fewer than 300 students from Education District V of the state with the Model College representatives winning three prizes in the Senior category and 1st and 2nd prizes in Junior events.
Alabi Emmanuel and Azeez Akorede of Lagos State Model College came 1st and 2nd respectively in the junior category while Anjolaoluwa Femi of Francis Xavier School came third.
In the senior category, Albert Emmanuel of Ajara Grammar School came first, followed by Gazal Aishat of Lagos Model College, while the third place was won by Gnahon Michael of Ajara Senior Secondary School.
Alabi Emmanuel and Albert Emmanuel were adjudged the Most Valuable Players (MVP) in the junior and senior categories respectively.
The initiator of the competition, Dr. Olabodunrin Waheed Oki praised the spirit of sportsmanship of the participants, adding that the partnership of the Lagos State Government, through the Lagos State Sports Commission, has really changed the fortunes of the competition.
“I want to thank Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the State’s financial and logistics support. We are indeed grateful because these have added value and glamour to the event. I’m glad that outstanding athletes discovered in this competition will be joining the State camp for future national and international events to further expose and groom them. I believe that in the future we will have world champions coming out from Ola-Oki Scrabble Tourney,” he said.
All participants were presented with certificates of participation while winners received numerous prizes including laptops, trophies, t-shirts and Scrabble dictionaries, among others.