From Kenneth Udeh, Abuja

Lagos East Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, has commended the 29-year-old Ikorodu-born Chess Master and Coach, Tunde Onakoya, for setting a global record in chess.

Onakoya broke the world record for the longest chess marathon after playing unbeaten for about 60 hours in New York City’s Times Square to raise money for underprivileged children.

The lawmaker, in his congratulatory message on Sunday, saluted his constituent’s courage and determination despite the obstacles he faced while growing up in Ikorodu.

Senator Abiru noted that the rare feat has once again given a ray of hope for many young folks, particularly those from less-privileged homes who are striving to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

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Senator Abiru, who is the founder of SAIL Innovation Lab in Ikorodu, which has successfully trained hundreds of young people in Tech Talent Development, Data Science, Games Development and other tech and digital skills, with lucrative job placement in the field of Artificial Intelligence and other sectors, noted that Tunde Onakoya has become a beacon of hope for many young folks who are working towards global relevance in their respective endeavours, the statement released by his media aide, Mr Enitan Olukotun stated.

He said, “On behalf of the good people of Lagos East Senatorial District, I congratulate the Ikorodu-born global Chess Champion, Tunde Onakoya for setting a world record for winning the longest chess marathon.

“This feat has set the stage for many young people in Ikorodu, Lagos East Senatorial District and beyond to reach for the top. He has demonstrated that adversity can never conquer a determined and courageous person. I am proud of his remarkable accomplishment and the honour he has brought to our dear nation.

“I join his family, and all Nigerians in celebrating this great Ambassador, who has become a great source of inspiration for many Nigerians, particularly young people.”