Wellington Jighere Meet Nigerian who won World Scrabble Championship

Jighere is an Urhobo by Tribe and hails from Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State

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Wellington Jighere speaks to Pulse TV play Wellington Jighere talks to Pulse TV bout his experience winning the English Word Scrabble Championship (Youtube/Pulse TV)
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He broke into worldwide attention when he won the English-Language World Scrabble Championship, becoming the first African to do so.

Back in November 2015, Wellington Jighere won four straight games in the best-of-seven final round against Lewis MacKay from Cambridge to win the championship.

Wellington Jighere play

Wellington Jighere wins  English-Language World Scrabble Championshi

(Telegraph)

 

The Edo State born Jighere paid a visit to the Pulse TV studios where he spoke to us about his experiences in winning the championship.

“It felt good,” he said about winning the championship which came with a price N1.9m.

The 33-year-old said that the thought of winning the Championship first came in 2007, when he finished third in the World Championship at his first attempt.

Wellington Jighere at the World Scrabble Championship play

Wellington Jighere at the World Scrabble Championship

(Telegraph)

 

“I basically told myself that if I could clean up my acts, I will have a good chance of winning, and I did just that,” he said.

Jighere was introduced to Scrabble by his immediate elder brother in 1996. He played it as just a hobby before playing in his first competition in 2002, the Shell Open also called the Warri Open Championship.

He has won several competition in Nigeria and Africa, his first being in the African Scrabble Championship in 2008.

Wellington Jighere wins English-Language World Scrabble Championship play

Wellington Jighere wins English-Language World Scrabble Championship

(Telegraph)

Jighere said reading was a big part of what made him very good at Scrabble.

While growing up I read a lot, I was more of a bookworm. Anything on print was up for reading,” he said.

Jighere is an Urhobo by Tribe and hails from Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State and grew up in Benin, Sapele and Warri.

He attended Omolo Primary School in Delta State, Ufuoama Mixed Secondary School, Sapele and the University of Benin.

The Crop Science graduate also spoke on how Scrabble can improve in Nigeria, his future plans, how the Federal Government and State Government honoured his world championship winning feat.

Watch the his full Pulse TV interview below:

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