Tani, 8-year-old Nigerian New York Chess Champion to meet President Clinton
London, March 26, 2019 (AltAfrica)-An eight-year-old Nigerian refugee in the US who recently won the New York State Chess championship for his age bracket, has been invited to meet former American president, Bill Clinton
Tanitoluwa Adewunmi and his family were offer an invitation to meet President Bill Clinton after New York Times featured his remarkable talent along side the ordeals of his family whose application for refugee status was still hanging in the balance.
Since the publication by the paper, the story of the talented Tani as he’s fondly called has changed dramatically. Tani and his family have moved into a new apartment, courtesy of goodwill donations after his success story went viral.
Not only that, the boy now has a six-figure bank account, scholarship offers from three elite private schools. Immigration lawyers offered pro bono assistance to the Adewumis, who are in the country legally and seeking asylum. Three film companies are vying to make movies about Tani
Remarkably, just a week ago, Tani and his family were homeless, He was learning chess moves while lying on the floor of a refugee shelter in Manhattan.
“I think I am still dreaming, I hope I don’t wake up.”said Tani’s dad, Kayode Adewumi in a chat with NY Times reporter
Tani is a reminder of the principle that talent is universal, even if opportunity is not. A Nigerian refugee who had learned chess only a bit more than a year earlier, he had just defeated kids from elite private schools to win the New York state chess championship for his age group.
After NY Times broke the story about his remarkable chess talent and the ordeal of his hard-working family, a GoFundMe drive raised more than $200,000 for Tani, his parents and his brother.
“I want my mom’s cooking again!” Tani mused as he explored the apartment. It was bare, but another donor had offered furniture, sheets and towels. Someone else was sending 100 chess books.
NY Times reports further that the Adewumis have decided that they will not spend a cent of the $200,000 GoFundMe money on themselves. They will take out a 10 percent tithe and donate it to their church, which helped them while they were homeless, and the rest will be channeled through a new Tanitoluwa Adewumi Foundation to help African immigrants who are struggling in the United States the way they were a week ago.
“Anybody who is coming from Africa who is in the position we were in, we will help them,” Mr. Adewumi said, acknowledging that details need to be worked out.
“I’m a hardworking guy,” Mr. Adewumi explained. He has two jobs: He drives for Uber with a rented car and sells real estate through Brick & Mortar. Someone has now offered him a free car so that he can keep more of the money he makes driving, and Tani’s mom was just offered a job as a health care aide at a hospital