OCTOBER 30, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sierra Leone’s debut in the 12th edition of the Pan African Scrabble Championship ended on a positive note as the country’s representative, Mohamed Kamara, finished in the top 20 out of 62 competitors in the just concluded tourney in Cape Town, South Africa.
Kamara, who became the first Sierra Leonean to represent the country on an international scrabble tournament, finished in 17th position after registering 18 wins and 14 defeats in his 32 games played.
Meanwhile, Africa powerhouse Nigeria dominated the top 10 positions with over 22 wins and 10 defeats; they were followed by the host nation South Africa.
The Pan African scrabble tournament started from the idea of Dixon Assesa of the Kenya Amateur Scrabble Association, who visualized a Pan African Scrabble Championship involving countries in Africa and the Middle East in 1993.
After writing to various countries, the support he received was sufficient to make his dream a reality and the maiden PAN AFRICAN SCRABBLE CHAMPIONSHIP was held in Nairobi, Kenya the following year.
It was decided at the inaugural meeting that the PANASA Games would take place biennially, hosted by a different country each time. The Easter weekend of 1996 saw Nigeria as the host country. Once again, a Nigerian – Femi Awowade – emerged as the winner.