Tanitoluwa Adewunmi 8-years-old Nigerian boy has become a child-chess star in New York United States.
Adewunmi, whose family is homeless in Manhattan, has seven trophies after winning his category for third-grade category of chess championships in his age bracket at the New York State. He now rating 1587 and rising fast and he is being compared with the world’s best player, Magnus Carlsen, who stands at 2845.
His family reportedly fled the Boko Haram insurgency and sought asylum in 2017. They arrived New York City and have, since, been living in a shelter. Adewunmi began attending the local elementary school, P.S. 116, which has a part-time chess teacher who taught his class how to play.
However, former US president, Bill Clinton, has invited Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his parents to his office in Harlem. Quoting a tweet by media personality, Kyle Griffin, Clinton said, “Refugees enrich our nation and talent is universal, even if opportunity is not.” This story made me smile.
“Tanitoluwa, you exemplify a winning spirit – in chess and in life. And kudos to your hardworking parents. You all should stop by my office in Harlem; I’d love to meet you.”
Adewumis Tanitoluwa, his parents and older brother arrived in New York after fleeing Nigeria in 2017 due to fear of terror attacks from the group Boko Haram. They have sought asylum and an immigration hearing has been scheduled for August, 2019