Mr. Joseph Jamena Mensah, Founder of
Street Chess Champ (SCC), has said chess can be used as a tool to bring
massive change in the lives of every child on the Ghanaian streets.
Speaking at the second edition of the street chess
competition organised under the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra,
Mr. Mensah was optimistic about the impact chess can make on the youth
and urged government, corporate institutions and individuals in the
society to support their course.
“The streets connect us all and it’s on the streets we pick
up our secondary socialization, which is the principles and values we
learn from our surroundings and hold dearly to our hearts. Chess is a
game full of principles that teaches the individual how to make good
“Therefore, if we introduce chess to the streets, which
teaches valuable principles in life, we will be shaping the lives of
many street kids who are our future leaders,” said Mr Mensah.
This year’s competition, saw hundreds battle out each other
on the chess board with Daniel (U-18) and James (U-14) emerging victors
and crowned as Kings of the Streets in their respective categories.
The two-day event was graced by the presence of the former
President of the Ghana Chess Association Group, Captain George
Arko-Dadzie, as well the household favourites, Clemento Suarez of Master
and 3 maids and lawyer Nti of Kejetia vrs Makola.