Nigerian man rescues kid from poverty, teaches him how to play Chess in Yoruba language, video stirs reactions

Nigerian man rescues kid from poverty, teaches him how to play Chess in Yoruba language, video stirs reactions

- A kind-hearted Nigerian man, Tunde Onakoya, has helped a family struggling to make ends meet after he met one of their kids, Sunday

- In a recent video, the man taught the kid how to make cool chess moves using Yoruba as his instructional language

- Whenever the boy got his moves right, the man asked the kids around to clap for Sunday

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A Nigerian man, Tunde Onakoya, has received much praise on social media after he shared a video of him teaching a kid, Sunday, chess in the Yoruba language.

In a Twitter post on Friday, February 19, the man wrote a detailed thread about how he met the kid in a slum during a downpour.

He said that despite the rain, the boy kept picking scraps into his sac. Tunde was later able to get the boy some food and take him to a health centre for treatments.

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The Good Samaritan said that after that encounter, he could not get the boy out of his mind as he just recently relocated to Ikorodu because of a chess programme he was running.

Nigerian man rescues kid from poverty, teaches him how to play Chess in Yoruba language, video stirs reactions
Many people prayed for the Nigerian man for his kindness. Photo source: @Tunde_OD
Source: Twitter

To get help for him, he called for public help and people donated. After the crowdfunding, he was able to get the boy some clothes and later realize that his family lived in a worse situation.

Getting to talking to his father, he got to know that the mother died and the family has been subsisting.

Several days after the man’s help, he visited Sunday, taught him how to play chess as he prepared him and his sister for school after they got a scholarship.

Watch the video below:

As at the time of writing this report, the video has been watch over 150,000 times with thousands of reactions.

Below are some of them:

@_iamBright_ said:

"All this while I would be thinking the world is unfair to me cos of my little problems but alot of people out there do not even have a say or roof under their head...this world is a beautiful place with alot of Happy people in unwanted situations but they never seem deterred..."

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@hardeybaz_ said:

"I couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks. May God reward you abundantly for this."

@CashisN said:

"Guy, I don't know you, but lemme tell you this m, the long hand of the Lord will surely locate you. He alone understands your inner cries and he will not forsake you... Bless you."

@ihatepapayas_ said:

"Thank God for people like you in this country God bless you abundantly and fulfill all your heart desires you and to everyone that contributed to helping out."

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Nigerians rose up for the cause of Ashamu Lekan whose video went viral days ago after he was filmed repairing a tricycle.

In the said clip, the boy who turned mechanic and dropped out of school said if he had a helper, he would like to continue his education.

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Days after, a good Samaritan with the Twitter handle @AnatuGreen coordinated donations from willing Nigerians so the young kid can live his dream.


Joseph Omotayo writes for the human interest desk at He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in Literature in English. He loves basketball and books. He tweets @omotayome.


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