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Tunde Onakoya to Play Nigeria’s No. 1 Chess Prodigy, Deborah Quickpen!

The Future is Here!

by Ogunsiku Babatunde
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Daniel Ford International (U.K) presents a historic chess match between Guinness World Record holder, Tunde Onakoya, and Nigerian chess Prodigy, Deborah Quickpen, to raise awareness for chess.

The Nigerian chess community is set to witness an extraordinary event as seasoned Guinness World Record holder and founder of Chess In Slums Africa (CISA), Tunde Onakoya, squares off against Nigerian chess prodigy and National Women’s Chess Champion, Deborah Quickpen.

This special match aims to promote chess in Nigeria, celebrate the mind sport as a powerful tool for change and raise essential funds to support the transformative Chess In Slums charity and Deborah Quickpen’s chess career.

Tunde Onakoya, renowned for his remarkable achievements in the global chess community and his commitment to apply chess to empower children from underserved communities. His internationally acclaimed Chess In Slums project has provided children across Africa with educational opportunities and life skills.

Deborah Quickpen

Deborah Quickpen, a rising star in African and world chess, has already made waves with her exceptional talent and achievements at such a young age. Deborah is currently ranked number 1 in Nigeria and No 4 in Africa across all female age groups. She is the current Nigeria National Women’s Chess Champion, the youngest person to hold that title in Nigerian chess history. Deborah’s journey in chess has been nothing short of inspiring, and her participation in this match symbolizes the bright future of Nigerian chess.

Daniel Ford International is proud to announce the support of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) for this event. NIDCOM’s involvement underscores the importance of the Nigerian diaspora in championing local causes and highlights how the diaspora can be an invaluable asset to Nigeria. By championing this event, NIDCOM encourages the Nigerian diaspora to actively participate in and contribute to initiatives that foster education and empowerment within their homeland.

This match event will be held on June 11, 2024, in Lagos, with proceeds directed towards expanding the reach and impact of Chess in Nigeria.

Event Highlights:

  • Date and Time: June 11, 2024, from 3pm – 6 P.M
  • Games: Four (4) Rapid (10 minutes + 5 seconds increments from move 1) games and Four (4) Blitz games (3 minutes + 2 seconds increments from move 1)
  • Venue: CentrePoint, Ikoyi, Lagos (Entry is Strictly By Invitation)
  • Participants: Deborah Quickpen and Tunde Onakoya
  • Purpose: To raise awareness for chess in Nigeria; raise funds for Chess In Slums Africa; promote education and empowerment through chess and support the chess development of Deborah Quickpen.

This event will feature live streaming of the games, allowing chess enthusiasts and supporters from around the globe to witness the match.


“I am excited and honored to play against Mr. Onakoya. Chess has changed my life, and I hope this match inspires other young people to take up the game and see where it can take them.”

Deborah Quickpen

“This match is a testament to the potential that lies within every child. Deborah’s talent and dedication are truly remarkable. Through Chess in Slums, we aim to unlock this potential in many more children across Nigeria.”

Tunde Onakoya

About Chess in Slums Africa:
Chess in Slums is a non-profit organization dedicated to using chess as a medium to engage, educate, and empower children from underprivileged backgrounds. Through structured chess programs, the organization provides these children with critical thinking skills, discipline, and the confidence needed to pursue their dreams.

For RSVP, Media Partnership and Sponsorship send an email to [email protected] or call 07064959329

Join us for an unforgettable event that not only celebrates the game of chess, but also contributes to a brighter future for many young Nigerians.

Let’s Make a Move Towards Positive Change Together!

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