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Kings College wins monopoly tournament


Kings College, Lagos, has emerged the winner of the maiden edition of Lagos Edition Monopoly tournament. Habib Rabiu, student of Kings College emerged winner of the tournament, and was presented with a sum of N1 million.

The tournament, which took place at Terra Kulture on Victoria Island, was a gathering of students of Queens College and Kings College to commemorate the Children’s Day celebration, and was organised by Best Man Games, manufacturer of the Lagos City Edition of Monopoly game, launched in Lagos late last year.

The game did not only engage the students alone, but also their teachers had their table section and journalists too. The game started with five students on each table, and the highest score on each table was selected to qualify for the final. The final round consisted of six Kings College boys and two Queens College girls.

The City of Lagos Edition, with the support of First Bank Nigeria, GTBank, Lagos State government and Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited, used the medium to present some basic lessons in resource management by educating player (students especially), about the importance of financial literacy and the encouragement of personal financial responsibility from an early age.

A surprise guest was present at the tournament, Sanusi Lamido, governor, Central Bank of Nigeria. The winners will be taken to the Nigerian Stock Exchange to have an experience of how financial business is being run. This maiden edition of the tournament used the two iconic Nigerian schools, and featured on the property squares of the city of Lagos monopoly board to promote educational values in a fun, interactive yet educative atmosphere.

The teacher segment of the game was won by a Queens College teacher. Students’ category winners: third place – Akpamuwo Udeme, Queens College, won N50,000 – presented by Best Man Games; in second place – Daniel Oyedotun, Kings College, won N100,000 – presented by First Bank.

Nimi Akinkungbe, CEO of Best Man Games, says: “Monopoly is more than just a board game for us at the City of Lagos Edition, personal finance literacy is a major and popular finance games. That teaches us small finance; secondly, we want to promote the wonderful initiative of Lagos State in terms of the infrastructure, the buildings, architecture, and its transformation over its recent pasts. “We also use some of the laws of the land to educate the general public; Lagos State government has been very helpful in partnering with us to ensure some of the laws are embedded in the game. Teach people, penalise bad behaviour and reward good behaviour in the game.”

According to her, she hopes by next year there would be many public and private school taking part. “We are starting with Queens College and Kings College now because they feature on the game. We would be doing this every year to mark Children’s Day and the winners would be going to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, to let them watch the session. Let them have the knowledge of financial masters,” she says.

A Junior Secondary School 2 student of Queens College, Adekunle Temitope, says: “Today has been interesting and this is my first time of playing the game. It was fun but also an opportunity to improve my understanding. I learnt so many things, make a deal but fun also.

Hussan Ayodeji, a Senior Secondary School 2 student of Kings College, says “today’s game was okay. Though I lost, I am not happy about it, but it was a fun filled experience. I have been playing the game before now, but I learnt from people, took note of some weaknesses, and learnt more business interaction and more.”

Rabiu Habeeb, winner of the tournament, and a Senior Secondary School 2 student of Kings College, says: “I feel very happy, even though I think the game wasn’t fair. My expectations for the game were okay. I knew I was going to win because of my experience of the game. I started playing this game since