7th June, 2012
Nigeria Scrabble Federation, NSF, has expressed their condolences with the family, friends, good people and Government of Adamawa State for the loss of their highly respected traditional ruler, His Royal Highness, HRH, Asaph Zadok, the Hama Bachama of Numan.
Late Zadok was until his death, the Grand Patron of NSF, and was the first person to start the then biggest Scrabble Tournament in Nigeria; the Turaki Adamawa Yola Scrabble Opens.
He was also the major sponsor of the annual Kwete National Scrabble Championship, a tourney where he donated a brand new car as star prize for the champion.
Speaking on the sad event, NSF president, Toke Aka said: ìIt is a huge loss not only to the Nigerian scrabble federation but also to the entire Africa scrabble community.
He was a highly respected Traditional Ruler, who did not hide his affection for the game of Scrabble in the country. He was always seen during Scrabble activities in and outside his domain.
ìHis contributions and support to the development of scrabble in particular and sports in general will be greatly missed by the Nation.î
Secretary General of the federation, James Eakyns, on his part, prayed that God in his infinite mercies shall grant the soul of Late Asaph Zadok, the Goro Ngakye, eternal rest and give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.