Current world Scrabble champion, Nigerian Wellington Jighere, has said on Facebook that he and his team have been denied visas to France to take part in a Scrabble contest but has since announced that they have received notification to come and obtain their visas.
Jighere wrote on Facebook, “I and my Nigerian compatriots were refused visas. Yes, you heard me right! The number one Scrabble playing nation on earth was refused visas to enable her contingent participate at a Scrabble event.”
In a later Facebook post however, Jighere wrote: “This is to say a big Thankyou to everyone for the solidarity shown for our plight. Earlier this evening, we got word that the visas for the entire team will be ready for collection by Monday. We will hope to be able to make it to Lille, France before the commencement of games on Wednesday.
Once again, I, on behalf of the Scrabble family in Nigeria say thank you everybody! If it weren’t for you guys, especially the journalists amongst us, this great injustice would have gone unchallenged”.
In November Wellington Jighere become the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship.