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Ramon Idowu Shines At PwC Chess GrandSlam, As He Wins The Competition.

The much anticipated PwC annual Chess4change competition 2021 has come and gone, but the major highlight of the event continues to trend as the 3-day event which took place at Molade Okoya – Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, featured 18 participating schools from 6 districts.

Dignitaries at the event included representatives of the Ministry of Education, Lagos State Sports Commission, Nigerian Chess Federation, Lagos State Chess Association, Principals, Teachers, and the Press. At the end of the event, Ramon Idowu from Lagos City Senior College, Sabo Yaba, emerged as the champion of the competition.

Speaking at the Closing Ceremony, the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku charged the students to continue spreading the gospel of Chess, saying that “We need to harmonize together to work and to ensure that’s chess spread, not just spread but also deepening the truth in Lagos”.

On his part, Pedro Omontuemhen, Partner PwC Nigeria, said the championship is in line with PwC’s purpose of building trust in the society, noting that, “Chess will enhance the mental skills and abilities of these secondary school students. With Chess4Change, we are investing in future champions. We hope that over time, the competition will continue to inspire and develop critical thinking skills in young people, who will then go on to find creative ways to solve Nigeria’s problems. And of course, become chess grandmasters too.”

In his own contribution, the Chairman, Lagos State Chess Association, Tokunbo Fagun said that children are the future and one needs to invest in them.

“Contrary to what people say that Chess is a Game for geniuses; no, it’s a game for anybody and from there students can develop themselves in critical thinking, problem solving and loss of memory will be eradicated” said Tokunbo.

Ramon Idowu gave kudos to the Lagos State Sports Commission, Ministry of Education and the organiser for creating a platform to display their talents.

“I am looking forward to participating at the National and International tournaments,” said Ramon.

Commenting on the event, the winner of the 5th edition of Chess4Change Grand Slam, Godwill Ifeanyichukwu expressed appreciation to PwC Nigeria, for helping to unleash his creative talent. He said that the competition has offered him the opportunity to represent Nigeria, something he is very proud of.

Chess4Change is a key component of PwC’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy. The Initiative is supported by the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Education and the Lagos Sports Commission, as well as the Lagos State Chess Association.


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