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Mar 26, 2019 by Michael

This 8-Year-Old Immigrant Becomes A Chess Champion And Donates Thousands Of Dollars To Charity

The 8-year-old Nigerian refugee Tanitoluwa Adewumi, has become a chess champion raised $200,000 through a GoFundMe in just a matter of days, according to Relevant. Tani lived in a Manhattan homeless shelter with his family after they fled Boko Haram’s mass persecution of Christians. Tani eventually started school and learned how to play chess from a part-time instructor.

“God has already blessed me, I want to release my blessing to others”

Tani was crowned the national chess champion one year later for kindergarten through third grade.

“One year to get to this level, to climb a mountain and be the best of the best, without family resources,” Russell Makofsky, who oversees Tani’s school chess program explained to the New York Times. “I’ve never seen it.”

After Tani's story in the New York Times, the family came into the spotlight. A GoFundMe raised $200,000 in a matter of days. They now live in a two-bedroom apartment and one year’s rent has already been paid for from an anonymous donor. Tani decided to stick with the school that took a chance on him and thus turn down the offers to prestigious schools.

“This school showed confidence in Tanitoluwa,” his mom, Oluwatoyin Adewumi, the school’s principal, according to the Times.

“So we return the confidence.”
Not only did he take this bold decision, but he also decided  to tithe 10 percent of the $200,000 to the church that helped his family.

“God has already blessed me,” Tani’s dad Kayode Adewumi told the Times. “I want to release my blessing to others.”

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