Tanitoluwa Adewumi is already breaking records at the age of 8.
According to The Grio, the Nigerian boy whose family is waiting for their asylum application to be considered after fleeing the country in 2017, started playing chess when he reached the US. He and his siblings were enrolled in a school where they signed up for a local chess club.
On Saturdays, Tani would attend free 3-hour chess sessions in Harlem, along with participating with playing with his dad Kayode, daily. And his mother Oluwatoyin noted that wanted her son to participate in the club, however, she couldn’t afford the fees, so the school waived them.
Now the boy has made the family proud and he wishes to become the youngest grandmaster ‘ever’, he told The New York Times.
“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” said Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, which held a pep rally to celebrate Tani’s victory, the outlet reported.
A GoFundMe campaign has now been set up by Russ Makofsy, who runs the school’s chess club to help Tani and his family. The fund has already surpassed a $50,000 goal and reached nearly $75,000!