Tunde Onakoya, the chess champion, has paid a courtesy visit to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor.


The governor received Onakoya, who recently broke the Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest chess marathon, at the Lagos state government house in Ikeja on Wednesday.

On April 17, Onakoya attempted to set a new world record for the longest chess marathon.

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


He achieved the feat on April 20 at Times Square in New York City after playing for over 58 hours and winning every match.

Sanwo-Olu, while sharing pictures of the visit on his X page, described Onakoya as an embodiment of “the spirit of Lagos”.

“Powerful visions birth movements that change lives. Today, we welcomed back @Tunde_OD , our chess champion, to Lagos,” he wrote.


“His journey embodies the spirit of Lagos—resilient, ambitious, and driven to succeed. As we celebrate his achievements, we’re inspired by his vision for empowering our children and youth.

“Together with Tunde and the transformative power of chess, we’ll work towards a future where every child in Lagos has the opportunity to realize their full potential.

“The state proudly supports his mission, purposefully providing resources to fuel this noble cause now and in the future.”

The governor earlier congratulated Onakoya on his achievement, adding that it shows that greatness can come from humble beginnings.


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