The Lagos State Sports Commission has launched the Monopoly Board Game as an official Sport in the state.
At a press conference on Thursday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the CEO of Bestman Games Nimi Akinkugbe, expressed her gratitude to the Management of Lagos State Sport Commission for taking the bold step in recognizing Monopoly as an Official Sport.
The Chairman of Lagos State Sport Commission, Deji Tinubu, commended the effort of the management of Bestman Games and expressed his delight that Hasbro’s world-renowned game should join the suite of games played under the auspices of the Sports Commission.
This is in line with the commission’s commitment to building more productive and collaborative working relationships with stakeholders, Mr. Tinubu said.
In a bid to ensure that secondary school students from across the state learn how to play the game, Bestman Games Limited recently organized a “Train the Trainer” mini tournament for 100 teachers.
The teachers will in turn prepare the students for the upcoming Under-17 Monopoly Championship scheduled to hold on September 17 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium where 2,000 players from 100 Lagos schools will compete for the grand prize of N1 million Educational Grant.
Bestman Games says it welcomes individuals and corporate organizations to “adopt a school” and be a part of the landmark event.
The City of Lagos Edition Monopoly was launched in 2012 and was the first African City Edition of Hasbro’s board game.
Organisers say “this iconic edition of the MONOPOLY game distinguishes the mega city of Lagos and promotes its beauty, showcasing the legendary city’s historic landmarks and familiar streets.”
The Monopoly board game is much more than a board game with several practical lessons embedded in it, which promote entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.
“Among other things, the Monopoly board game also offers immense educational value and is an excellent vehicle for teaching important real life lessons and skills; it fosters communication and social interaction, enhances numeracy skill, negotiation, cooperation, mind stimulation and critical thinking for both the young and the elderly,” Mrs. Akinkugbe told PREMIUM TIMES.
With the target of gathering 2000 students to compete N1m education grant, Monopoly Lagos stands the chance of entering the Guinness book of records, she said.