Canadian High Commissioner takes Chess to Oshodi Underbridge

The Canadian High Commissioner, Kevin Tokar and a crew of Canadian sailors visited the Oshodi area in Lagos on Tuesday, where they participated in a chess tournament with some children.

 

Tokar was in Oshodi Underbridge on Tuesday in the company of eight sailors from the HMCS Goose Bay-a Kingston class patrol ship in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was defeated by one of the boys who had undergone training.

 

Founder of the Chess In Slums Africa initiative, Tunde Onakoya, revealed this via his verified Twitter page on Tuesday.

 

He said, “On this day in history, the Canadian High Commission visited Oshodi under-bridge.

 

“We received the Canadian High Commissioner, Kevin Tokar and eight sailors from the HMCS Goose Bay-a Kingston class patrol ship in the Royal Canadian Navy led by Commander Daniel Rice”.



The CISA is a non-profit organisation that uses the game of chess to help youngsters in slum communities realise their full potential through chess training. Its activities are geared towards rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

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Tunde Onakoya, founder of Chess in Slums Africa has been making wave after using Chess game to lure hoodlums out of their trade at Oshodi underbridge to make them useful in like.

 

Onakoya is a Nigerian chess master, coach and founder of Chess in Slums Africa.

 

He has organized a number of interventions for children across slums in Lagos including Majidun (Ikorodu), Makoko and recently, Oshodi.

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The children are engaged in a 2 weeks session that seeks to unlock their potential through the game of chess while learning to read, write and acquire basic literacy skills.

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