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8 Years Old Nigerian Boy Becomes Chess Champion in US, To Meet Former US President

The lot of an eight years old Nigerian boy has changed as he has been crowned chess champion in New York’s state-wide competition.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who lives in a homeless shelter with his family, won the category for his age bracket last weekend with an undefeated performance, according to the New York Times.

The young Nigeria, who learned about chess barely a year ago, is now nurturing the dream of becoming the “the youngest grandmaster”

Station Magazine understands that Tani, along with his mother, father and older brother, reportedly fled northern Nigeria in 2017 fearing potential attacks by the terror group Boko Haram

 

Watch the excerpt of his interview with CNN

In a related development, the former President of the United States Bill Clinton, on Wednesday, took to his twitter handle to express excitement about the chess talented kid and expressed his desire to met with him and his family.

Meanwhile, Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family will no longer have to live in the homeless shelter as over $130,000 have been raised through the gofundme platform to get his family a decent apartment.

Russell Makofsky, the overseer of the school’s chess programme, was responsible for the crowdfunding page for the family to secure a home which has received more than $94,000 (£71,000) in donations.

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