In Kenya, Nigerian Wellington Jighere has failed to defend his title in the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association Championship (Wespac).
In 2015, Jighere has become the first African to won the Wespac title. This time, he finished fifth overall.
He told Nigerian Punch newspaper that he made mistakes that cost him the title.
The Nigerian wordsmith said: “I wanted to defend the title but I only got close. I believe that a few mistakes in some games cost me a few points and that wasn’t enough for me to get to the final.”
Akshay Bhandarkar, from Bahrain, was crowned the winner, taking home $7,000 (£5,000) cash prize.
Mr Bhandarkar beat Nigerian Moses Peter in the final.