Afrobeat star Davido is lending his support to chess master Tunde Onakoya as he endeavors to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon. Alongside Davido, notable figures such as Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold, Nigeria’s Consul-General in New York City Ambassador Peter Egopija, and activist Omoyele Sowore have rallied behind Onakoya in his quest.

Onakoya, engaged in an intense chess marathon at New York City’s Times Square, has provided updates on his progress, noting that he has completed 100 games, 87 against his primary opponent, Coach Shawn Mar, and 13 against external challengers. With over 31 hours into the marathon and 27 hours remaining, Onakoya remains optimistic, urging supporters to continue streaming and donating towards his cause.

Commencing on April 17 and slated to conclude on April 19, the marathon aims to see Onakoya play chess continuously for 58 hours, surpassing the current Guinness World Record set by players from Norway in 2018, which stands at 56 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds. Onakoya’s determination, coupled with the support of Davido and other influential individuals, underscores the significance of his endeavor and the wider recognition of his talent and dedication on a global stage.

As the chess master perseveres through the grueling challenge, his pursuit of the record not only showcases his personal ambition but also serves as a testament to the power of resilience and determination in the face of formidable obstacles. The outpouring of support from both the Nigerian community and international figures reflects a collective desire to celebrate excellence and push the boundaries of achievement in diverse fields, further cementing Onakoya’s status as a trailblazer in the world of chess.

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