Nigeria’s Wellington Jighere, has emerged the first African to win the English-language World Scrabble Championship.

Congratulatory massages have gone viral via social media platforms to celebrate this great achievement.

The 32-year-old beat Englishman Lewis MacKay 4-0 in the final in Australia.

Among those who have congratulated him is the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari who said; “you have done the country proud”.

Mr Jighere said on his Facebook page that he felt he was playing with the “whole continent” behind him.

He added that it “still baffles” him that he managed to win, given how tired he felt as he had “not slept well in about a week”.

Mr Jighere and the five other members of the Nigerian team only arrived in Australia the day before the tournament started, so had little chance to get over the 20-hour flight or the seven-hour time difference.

The president’s spokesman said, Mr Jighere “pledged to bring more glory to his fatherland”.

Mr Jighere will be coming home with a $10,000 (£6,600) prize.

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