The greatest tool of lawyers is their ability to think. Come April 2020, Lawyers across the country will gather to slug it out in a Chess tournament. In an interview with the multiple award winning visioneer, more interesting details are revealed.
Can we meet you?
I am Charles Ajiboye, a lover of chess, a thinker, a speaker, a lawyer, an author and many things to different people. I am the Founding Partner at The Penthouse Law and Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja, and former Chairman of the NBA Young Lawyers forum.
Please tell us about the Charles Ajiboye National Chess Tournament for Lawyers?
Yes, it is a tournament I have always nurtured in my mind. I have always loved people who think smartly and this is an opportunity to celebrate what I love. I am grateful to the people at The Penthouse Solicitors for choosing to support this dream.
It is a championship event designed for lawyers by lawyers to amplify and promote the passion for chess and the beneficial impact it has on the thinking abilities of lawyers. The championship is designed to bring lawyers all across the country who will compete with each other for various prizes. It is with the patronage of the Nigeria Chess Federation and the FIDE (World Chess Federation).
Winners in the tournament will go away with over ONE MILLION NAIRA IN CASH PRIZES ASIDES TROPHIES, MEDALS AND CONSOLATION PRIZES.
What are the prizes to be won?
The prizes to be won according to the positions are:
1st Position: N500,000 with Championship trophy and Medal
2nd position: N300,000 with Championship trophy and Medal
3rd position: N200,000 with Championship trophy and Medal
In addition, there will be various consolation prizes.
How can people participate in the tournament?
Lawyers who would be contesting for a prize at the tournament will have to register on www.charlesajiboye.com. Also, law students, lawyers and non-lawyers who are interested in attending can attend at no cost. For confirmation of attendance and enquiries on accommodation you call Olajide Ajibowo, Esq. on 08139358527.
Is this going to be an annual event?
Well, that is the plan, and I am really hopeful of the success of this maiden edition.
We learnt that you are aspiring to be the next National Assistant Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association. Is this going to affect the tournament being an annual event?
It is true that I intend to serve the profession as you have rightly said. But this tournament is even a deeper way to serve. Moreso, it is being powered by The Penthouse Law, and they are not joking with it at all.
Do you play chess?
Definitely I do. However, I’m not a pro.
When did you start playing chess?
I cannot remember. But a really long time ago.
What is the schedule of the tournament?
The tournament is scheduled to begin on Friday 10th of April at the 3 star Orchid Hotel, Lekki, Lagos. The tournament itself is proposed to be a one day event which is to be held on 10th (Arrival/Players meeting), 11th of April (Academy and Tournament day), and 12th April, 2020 (Closing).
Can non-lawyers participate in the tournament?
Yes, but only as observers and special guests who will play in the opening leisure game. There will also be a law student category in the tournament. The tournament is strictly for lawyers and law students. However, non-lawyers can be part of our audience. Admission for such is free.
What is the highlight of the tournament?
The tournament will host over 500 lawyers and Law Students from all over Nigeria, with an opening leisure game face-off by eminent personalities from all walks of life including the Bench and Bar.
Do you have sponsors already or the tournament is self-funded?
The event would be massive and a veritable ground for sponsorship. Some individuals and corporate bodies have shown interest in taking advantage of the opportunity the tournament provides. There is however still room to leverage on the event, as this event will further help position brands as premium brands and put them in the hands and faces of people that matter in the industry.
What are the expectations to look forward to at the tournament?
The tournament being the first of its kind promises to be thrilling, engaging, fun and interesting. It is definitely the most prestigious and most rewarding sport event for lawyers in Nigeria.There will be an academy where people will learn how to play chess. Invitation has been sent to The Governor of Lagos State, Commissioner for Youth, Sport, Social Development. The Attorney General of Lagos State, The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Senior Advocates of Nigeria and various legal luminaries and Captains of Industry.
Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen To Get Heart-Starting Device After Cardiac Attack
After a series of tests were carried out by experts in the field, the Inter star will have a potentially life-saving device implanted
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Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD – a heart defibrillator – after he suffered a cardiac incident in the match against Finland, Denmark have confirmed.
The Inter star fell to the pitch unconscious on the second match day of Euro 2020 and had to be resuscitated before then being transported to hospital.
Now, after a series of tests carried out by medical specialists, it has been announced that Eriksen will have a potentially life-saving implant installed.
What has been said?
National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet and Eriksen, and this is the latest status: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.
“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.
“We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.”
Has Eriksen spoken since the incident?
Yes. Taking to social media on Tuesday, the attacking midfielder wrote: “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.
“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.
“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”
Will he be able to play football again?
It is not yet known whether Eriksen will be able to play football again.
It is not unheard of, though, as the example of German forward Daniel Engelbrecht showed.
Engelbrecht collapsed on the pitch while playing for Stuttgart Kickers in July 2013, having suffered from a heart attack.
He was then fitted with a defibrillator and returned to the pitch in November of 2014 after 17 months of recovery.
However, Engelbrecht suffered from more heart issues down the line and hung up his boots in 2018 to concentrate on a career in coaching.
In terms of players still in the game, Ajax and Netherlands star Daley Blind continues to play at the highest level after having an ICD implanted in December 2019.
Ex-Chelsea Boss Lampard Back in Crystal Palace Contention
The London club were expected to secure former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
However, talks collapsed, which means they are looking for another candidate.
Lampard’s interest in the Palace job is unknown, but he had recently stated that he was ready to get back to work after his sacking by Chelsea in January.
PSG Hijack Another Barcelona Target — Report
According to Italian journalist Guillaume Maillard-Pacini, Paris-Saint Germain have hijacked yet another Barcelona transfer target.
A few days ago, the Paris-based club stole away Georginio Wijnaldum from the Blaugranas by offering him wages worth more than double which Joan Laporta and co were ready to offer.
Now, Les Parisiens are about to do the same with former AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Touted to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Donnarumma is at the end of his contract in Milan. Moving away as a free agent, the goalkeeper is on the radar of several top-tier clubs across Europe. His agent, Mino Raiola, is attempting to find the Italian national the right club where he can continue to grow and develop as a player.
Barça had made contact with Raiola regarding his transfer; the high-profile agent had offered his player to the club himself. However, this transfer has not been one of the Catalan club’s main priorities over the summer, and it is likely they will continue to bet on the relatively underperforming Marc-Andres ter Stegen, who will surely bounce back into form soon.
Therefore, the conditions have been set for PSG to hijack yet another transfer target from Camp Nou. Donnarumma, whose transfer to Barça was becoming more and more likely, will now probably be pried away to Paris — a club that have the financial resources to offer him a much better contract.
It is likely that the 22-year-old’s agent will also get his notoriously large commission on this deal as well, with reports claiming he will be asking anything up to €20m, as Donnarumma will be joining PSG as a free agent, giving more leeway for a higher agent-fee. Barcelona, in any case, would have probably not been able to afford such a fee.
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