LOCAL FEELS: 8-Year-Old NYC Homeless Boy Is A Chess Master

March 22, 2019 | Dave Moore, Kristen James

Family LifeInspirationParentingLocal Feels


When 8-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family came to the United States from Nigeria back in 2017, they had no idea that their story would go viral and they’d be all over TV. Things have been tough for the Adewumis. They fled Christian persecution in Nigeria, came to America, but have landed on hard financial times and wound up in a homeless shelter. But this is where their story takes an interesting turn. Tanitoluwa’s (Tani) brother taught him how to play chess a little bit. Tani got so good that the family started taking him to free classes in Harlem and sought out chess coaches to get him to the next level.  It’s only been about a year since Tani started his chess journey, but he’s already stacked up trophy after trophy, and he even just won the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament. Blessing after blessing for Tani and his family, but the blessings don’t stop there! One of Tani’s coaches started a GoFundMe and over $200,000 in donations came pouring in, and they were even gifted an apartment! God is good!

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