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Monopoly Tournament Lagos to break Guinness World record

The Lagos Under-17 Monopoly Championship held recently, with more than 1200 students taking part in the tournament.

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Participants at the Monopoly Tournament play

Participants at the Monopoly Tournament

(Nytimes)

The Lagos Under-17 Monopoly Championship is the biggest Monopoly tournament in Africa.

Nigerians are fond of board games such as chess and ayo which are quite popular in the country. Nigeria was put in the spotlight earlier this year when the Scrabble world championship was won by a Nigerian player, Wellington Jighere.

The Monopoly competition, dubbed 'City of Lagos Monopoly’ held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Lagos State Sports Commission officially recognised Monopoly as a sport in August. The commission, in collaboration with Bestman Games, a sports development company quickly organized the tournament that held in late September.

Monopoly began to really gain popularity in the city only about four years ago, when Lagos got its own version of the board game.

The new Lagos monopoly board has local Lagos properties like Bourdillon Road, an upscale, luxury Ikoyi and Agege, a less posh area of the city with affordable housing estates.

The tournament was held in the hopes of breaking a world record for number of participants playing the game at the same time. According to Guinness World Records, 605 people played at Universal Studios, Singapore in March 19, 2016.

The Lagos tournament has since been submitted to Guinness World Records for verification.

The players had just one hour to grab as much property as they could. The atmosphere was heightened with tension as the students rolled the dice so fast, the organisers who acted as bankers found it hard to keep up. 

Elizabeth, a 13-year-old emerged champion after she bargained her way into the control of the yellow properties: Silverbird Cinemas, 35 Marina and Falomo Shopping Center.

Elizabeth had two houses on each property, with seven other players circling the board, Elizabeth relaxed as her fortune grew to more than 17,000 naira.

The Commission hopes to organise more tournaments like this in future.

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