- A Nigerian boy, Tani Adewumi, has over the years risen from being homeless to a young kid who has secured his future with his chess prowess
- Tani hit the limelight as he won the New York State Chess Championship and became a master player at the age of 10
- Many people celebrated the young Nigerian online as they said that he must be really smart to have such an honour
A young Nigerian boy, Tani Adewumi, whose story as a homeless chess player once made waves years ago has now made even greater strides.
An American journalist, Nicholas Kristof, on Sunday, May 2, revealed that the boy, now 10 years old, has won a championship and is now a master chess player at his very young age.
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He attached a photo of the kid smiling and holding his trophies. He then went ahead to say that his story is a reminder that opportunities trump talent, which everybody seems to have.
The journalist added that years ago the young Nigerian was very lucky that his homeless shelter was close to a chess school where he was later given the opportunity to study for free.
In his tweet, he partly said:
"He's also a reminder that refugees enrich our country (I say that as the son of a refugee)."
See his post below:
At the time of writing this report, his tweet on Tani has gathered over 51,000 likes with thousands of comments from people.
Legit.ng compiled a few of the reactions below:
"Magnificent, brilliant intelligent people abound the world over. One of my professors I studied under while in University was from Nigeria. I will never forget him and will be eternally grateful for his guidance and kindness."
"The boy must be extremely smart..."
"People like that deserve success the most."
"So proud of Tani and his achievements. Talent is indeed universal; opportunity is not."
"I read your story 2 years ago to my 2 sons around Tani’s age. We all loved it. Such an amazing kid and so cool he’s continued his journey. Can’t wait to update my boys on Tani’s progress."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that in 2019 that the boy conquered the world of chess after winning the New York State Chess Championship. Adewumi won the top prize in his age category at the New York game.
The little boy had spoken about his life as a chess player and what he wishes to achieve as a talented player.
The 8-year-old explained that he prepared for the game by practicing on chess playing sites. He said he was introduced into playing chess in class.