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‘Lagos is rooting for you’ — Sanwo-Olu backs chess master Onakoya to break world record

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, has offered moral support to Tunde Onakoya, the founder of Chess in Slums Africa, who is attempting to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon.

Onakoya commenced the exercise on Wednesday at Times Square, New York City, US.

The chess expert aims to play different games for 58 hours without losing a single game. He is only allowed five-minute breaks every hour during the course of the attempt.

In a statement via X, Sanwo-Olu commended Onakoya for “taking a bold move to redefine possibilities” as he targets the GWR record.

The governor also described Onakoya’s ‘Chess in Slum Africa’ initiative as evidence that “greatness can emerge from anywhere”.

“Every grand victory starts with a single, bold move akin to a daring gambit—a bold move to redefine possibilities,” he wrote.

“@Tunde_OD; Lagos is rooting for you as you attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon at Times Square in the heart of New York.

“Taking the story of the phenomenal work you started in Lagos with young children to a global stage is a powerful testament to how greatness can emerge from anywhere.”

On his part, Yemi Osinbajo, the former vice-president, in an Instagram post, urged Onakoya to “show the world the strength and determination you’re made of”.

Similarly, Atiku Abubakar, another former vice-president, wrote: “Dear @Tunde_OD, I join millions of Nigerians at home and abroad in wishing you the best in your quest to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Chess Marathon. Your can-do spirit thus far has been truly inspirational. I am rooting for you to break new ground. -AA”.

The longest chess marathon stands at 56 hr 09 min 37 seconds.

Hallvard Haug Flatebø and Sjur Ferkingstad, two Norwegians, set the record on November 11, 2018.

Announcing the attempt, Onakoya said he hopes to empower illiterate children across Africa through the feat.

“Doing this for the dreams of millions of children across Africa without access to education. You guys have been rock solid for me through the years,” he said.

“So I need all of us to come together now more than ever to show the world that the Nigerian spirit is unwavering and we can do great things from a small place against all odds.”

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I took Junior Pope as brother but he stabbed me in the back, says Yul Edochie

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Nollywood actor Yul Edochie in a recent post on social media disclosed why he has refused to mourn his late colleague, Junior Pope.

Recall that Junior Pope tragically died after the boat carrying him and other actors capsized while crossing the Anam River for a movie shoot.

Junior Pope and three of his colleagues lost their lives when their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

However, Junior Pope was laid to rest on May 17th, 2024. The late actor’s wife and son broke into tears during the funeral ceremony. Also, Peter Obi pays a condolence visit to Junior Pope’s wife and kids after the burial.

Via his verified Instagram page today, May 21st 2024, Yul Edochie said he intentionally wait till after Junior Pope burial before he said anything about the late actor’s death.

Speaking on why he didn’t mour Junior Pope, Yul Edochie said that he took Junior Pope as a brother and friend and even was there for him when he needed him but the late actor stabbed him in the back repeatedly.

In the post, Yul Edochie said that he is going to drop full details soon.

In his words; “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since. I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back, repeatedly. That’s LIFE! I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it. Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

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Liam now has bow leg, we don’t have bow legs in our family – Mohbad’s dad slams son’s wife, Wunmi

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Joseph Aloba, the father of the late Nigerian musician Mohbad, has once again expressed his doubts about the paternity of Mohbad’s alleged son, Liam.

In a recent interview, Aloba openly stated that he suspects his wife’s lover played a role in Mohbad’s death.

He stressed the importance of conducting a DNA test to confirm Liam’s paternity. Aloba recalled that Mohbad’s partner, Wunmi, had previously claimed that Mohbad was the one who took her virginity. Aloba questioned why Wunmi was avoiding the DNA test if she was confident in her claims.

Aloba also pointed out that Liam has bow legs, a trait that does not run in the Aloba family. This further adds to his doubts about the child’s paternity.

He urged Wunmi to identify the real father of the boy and expressed his grief over the loss of Mohbad. Aloba condemned those he believes are responsible for his son’s untimely death.

Furthermore, Aloba made it clear that he does not consider Liam as his grandchild, as Mohbad himself did not acknowledge Liam as his son when he was alive. Aloba is calling on Nigerians to support his pursuit of justice for his son’s death.

“FROM BABA MOHBAD: All The names Mohbad mentioned in the petition he wrote, were involved in his de*th. I still insist that his wife’s concubine k!lled him. This is why DNA is a must.

Wunmi said my son deflowered her so why is she running away from DNA? Liam has ‘bow legs’. We don’t have bow legs in The Aloba family. She should take the boy to his father. It is so sad that these w! cked people k!Iled my son at his prime. Nigerians should please support me as I fight for Justice for my son”

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Nigerian lady, Helen Williams breaks 3rd Guinness World Record with widest wig

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The Guinness World Records (GWR) has certified Helen Williams, the Nigerian hair maker, as the new record holder for the widest handmade wig.

In a recent blog post, the British reference book revealed Helen crafted a hairpiece that is 3.65 m (11ft 11 inches) wide and trails to the floor.

This, according to GWR, is comparable to a Mini Cooper which is 3.63 m (11 ft 10 in) long.

The professional wig maker began her third record-breaking attempt in February, and it took her a month to complete.

Helen made the wig from more than 800 bundles of auburn hair while she spent over N4 million ($2,719; £2,150) on the materials.

GWR disclosed that the 31-year-old made her very wide wig mostly by hand but used a sewing machine for some parts.

“She stitched it all together on the framework with needle and thread and attached over 1,000 rhinestones to it,” the post reads in part.

“Helen makes wigs every day, but this was such a huge project that it took her months to plan and design.

“She was inspired to take on the challenge by actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore, who was involved in making a previous record-breaking wide wig.”

Also speaking, Helen said: “I encountered many problems. The first few days of the attempt were difficult because I couldn’t walk or sit properly anymore”.

“I was feeling pains everywhere, I had to deal with neck pains, back pains, and pains in my thighs. Putting the wig on my head was also very tough because of the weight. But I am very happy I completed the project.”

Helen said she drew her inspiration from Drew Barrymore, the American actress who set the widest wig record in 2017.

Helen now holds three records, including setting a new record for putting in 90 hair clips in a wig in 30 seconds and for the longest handmade wig.

Last November, GWR certified Helen as the record holder for the longest handmade wig.

Helen also holds the record for most hair clips (90) in a wig in 30 seconds.

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