Wellington Jighere beats 129 competitors to become first Nigerian to win World Scrabble Championship

Wellington Jighere beat 129 competitors to become first Nigerian to win World Scrabble Championship.

Nigerians have been congratulating countryman Wellington Jighere, who has become the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship.

The 32-year-old beat Englishman Lewis MacKay 4-0 in the final in Australia.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was among those to congratulate him, saying he has “done the country proud”.

Mr Jighere said on his Facebook page that he felt he was playing with the “whole continent” behind him.

He added that it “still baffles” him that he managed to win, given how tired he felt as he had “not slept well in about a week”.

Read more: Nigeria celebrates Africa’s first English-language Scrabble win – BBC News

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