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RRCC RELEASES TIMELINE FOR THE 2021 OLOJO FESTIVAL RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT

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Kayode Olawuni The Raia Rooks Chess Club(RRCC) has released timeline for the 2021 edition of its annual Olojo Festival Rapid Chess Tournament. In a release signed by the Founder and CEO of the prestigious sports society, Hon. Adebisi Awope and obtained by Ife City Blog on Saturday, this Year's tournament, the third of its kind will hold between Wednesday the 15th and Thursday the 16th of September, 2021 at the Ife Grand Resorts and Industrial Park, Ife/Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife, Osun State. According the statement, the season 3 edition of the tournament, with the theme, "Give Kids The World: Teach Them How To Play Chess And You Have Given Them The Ability To Make Important Life Decisions" is projected to be held in a more grand style just as it has secured the official approval and incorporation into the Pre-Olojo Festival Programmes by His Imperial Majesty, the Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife. The statement further added that

OONI PRAISES BOYS AS OJAJA II FC WINS TAIWO OGUNJOBI MEMORIAL CUP

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II on Tuesday, hailed members and Management of the Ojaja II Football Club, for winning the keenly contested Taiwo Ogunjobi Under-17 memorial Cup. In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, Ooni Ogunwusi described the tournament as a clear message that the good old days of grassroots sporting activities are gradually returning for the betterment of the country. “The Ooni accepts the victory wholeheartedly and he has concluded plans to host his boys; the winning team and their officials very soon to wine and dine like they normally do. “Baba’s involvement in grassroots sports particularly football, is a product of his belief in the fact that countless untapped potentials lies in our local communities. All we need to do is to invest massively in competitions like this and we shall soon have super stars like Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwakwo and Odion Ighalo among others spr

CHESS GAMES IN NIGERIA: THE IBADAN CHESS LEAGUE IS YIELDING DESIRED RESULTS, SAYS RRCC MANAGER

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Kayode Olawuni, Ife RRCC Manager, Hon. Adebisi Awope The Founder and Chief Executive of Raia Rooks Corner Limited, Managers of Raia Rooks Chess Club, Hon. Adebisi Peter Awope has described the ongoing Ibadan Chess League as productive. Hon. Awope made this known during a briefing with the Ife City Blog team at the Club auditorium, Parakin, Ile-Ife on Tuesday. According to the RRCC Boss and facilitator of the famous annual Olojo Festival Rapid Chess Tournament, The Ibadan Chess League which happens to be the first of its kind in the history of Chess in Nigeria has so far helped in rekindling people's interest in the game. The Iconic Chess master and trainer expressed his particular excitement for leading the only participating team from Osun to the league of which they are currently topping. "The Ibadan Chess League is about chess clubs and this is the first of its kind in Nigeria. Most of the clubs are from Ibadan and Raia Rooks happened to be the only Chess Club fr

"I was a beneficiary of School Sports" - Ooni of Ife shares experience as Sports Ministry Honours Him National Principal Cup Patron

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The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Arole Odudua Olofin Adimula was on Monday bestowed with the title of the Patron of the National Principals' and Headmasters' Cup. This was unveiled during a visit by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development delegates to the Ooni's Palace led by the Director of Grassroots Sports, Dr. Ademola Aare who represented the Honorable Minster, Sunday Dare. According to Ooni Ogunwusi who  also holds the revered office of the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN), the proposed National Principals' and Headmasters' Cup sports tournament is a welcome development, describing it as an important tool for national development. "You don't have an idea of what you're doing until you start seeing its positive results. A sporting activity like this can be used to solve all issues confronting us today as a country. "I was a beneficiary of School Sports like this. I took part in He

RRCC PARTNERS EX CPAN PRESIDENT, PRINCE ADEYINKA ADEWOLE IN HOSTING A SPECIAL CHESS FIESTA TO CELEBRATE OONI'S NEW BORN PRINCE

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As part of the the activities celebrating the newly born crown prince and heir to the sacred ancestral throne of Oduduwa, the Raia Rooks Chess Club (RRCC) is partnering with an illustrious prince of the Source and a former president of the Chess Players Association of Nigeria (CPAN), Prince Adeyinka Adewole in hosting a special courtesy Chess fiesta tagged "THE CROWN PRINCE ADESOJI ADEREMI TADENIKAWO OGUNWUSI CHESS SIMULTANEOUS EXHIBITION". The RRCC, an initiative by a progressive Ife blood, Hon. Bisi Awope has, in recent times been in  the forefront of championing the discovery and projection of local talents in Chess and constituted an important stakeholder in the development of local sport and tourism advancement of the city through the facilitation of series of well meaning sporting events including the famous Annual Olojo Festival Rapid Chess Tournament. The guest host and star player, Prince Adeyinka is a Chess Icon and a fantastic supporter of the sport of Chess in

RRCC BOSS HON. BISI AWOPE BAGS OSUN CHESS ASSOCIATION VICE CHAIR

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The Osun State Sports Council has appointed Hon. Bisi Awope, CEO of Raia Rooks Corner Limited as the Vice Chairman of the State Chess Association. This was confirmed by a letter of appointment earlier issued today  to the Ife born Chess Icon by the State Sports umpire signed by its Acting General Manager, Rotimi Dunmoye. The four years term State Vice Chairmanship position bestowed on the manager of the famous Olojo Festival Rapid Chess Tournament hosting club, the Raia Rooks Chess Club, according to the letter, is expected to begin with immediate effect but will be fully activated with the official inauguration of the Association which has been put on hold due to reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The letter reads in part: "This is to humbly refer to the above topic and to inform your honour that Mr. Governor, HE, Adegboyega Oyetola has approved your nomination as Vice Chairman of the Osun State Chess Association". "This letter serves as a letter of appointme

2020 OLOJO FESTIVAL RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT: RRCC BOSS, HON. BISI AWOPE RECEIVES STATE ACCOLADES

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By Kayode Olawuni The Osun State Sports Council has commended the Raia Rooks Chess Club (RRCC) under the Chairmanship of Hon. Bisi Awope for a successful hosting of the 2020 Olojo Festival Rapid Chess Tournament held between 24th and 25th of September, 2020. This was contained in a letter of appreciation addressed to Hon. Awope, the RRCC founder and chief organizer of the tournament from the State sports body signed by its CPRO, Mrs Funmilayo Moradeyo on Monday October 5th, 2020. The letter reads in part: "On behalf of the management and staff of the Sports Council, we want to sincerely thank you for sponsoring the Olojo Festival Chess Competition. We really appreciate you. Thank you", She concluded. The tournament, held at Iyeru Ideal Hall & Suites Parakin, Ile-Ife had participants from different parts of the country mostly tertiary institutions students and was supported by prominent local brands and well-meaning individuals notably among which is Hon. Taofeek Abimb

LOCAL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT: HON. AJILESORO PLEDGES SUPPORT

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By Kayode Olawuni Hon. Taofeek Abimbola Ajilesoro with Raia Rooks Chess Club CEO (Right)  Hon Bisi Awope alongside his RRCC team members. A member of the National Assembly representing Ife (North, South, East & Central) Federal constituency, Hon. Taofeek Abimbolah Ajilesoro has expressed his readiness to support local sporting activities geard towards discovering and grooming new talents that will make the country's flag to shine globally. Hon. Ajilesoro made this known at the grand finale of the 2020 Olojo Festival Rapid Chess Tournament hosted by RAIA ROOKS CHESS CLUB, held at Iyeru Ideal Hall and Suites, Parakin, Ile-Ife, Osun State on Friday 25th of September, 2020. He lauded the organisers of the two days event which is one of the activities contributing to the tourism mood occasioned by the World famous Olojo Festival currently being held in the ancient city. He particularly commended Hon. Bisi Awope, Chairman, RAIA ROOKS CORNER LIMITED whose creative idea the chess c

The Raia Rooks Chess Club (RRCC) Holds 2020 (Season 2) Olojo Festival RAPID Chess Tournament

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By Kayode Olawuni The Olojo Festival Chess Tournament hosted by Raia Rooks Corner Limited is an annual sporting event held simultaneously with the World famous Olojo Festival celebrated in the ancient metropolitan city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, South-West Nigeria.  The Tournament offers local chess lovers as well as visitors to 'the source' during this important traditional festival an opportunity to not only reawaken their recreational spirit but also to further explore the social and local sport tourism attractions in the ancient city of Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba race. According to the local organizing committee, this year's edition of the tournament will be held between 24th and 25th of September which shall be in line with the Covid-19 guidelines and it promises to be more funfilled with lots of prizes to be won. The event will hold at Iyeru Ideal Hall & Suites, Parakin, Ile-Ife, Osun State. For Sponsorships and Registration, Please Call RRCC: 08108514700 Emai