By Kunle Adedoyin
Tanitoluwa Adewumi, the eight-year-old Nigerian chess whiz kid and his family have moved into a new apartment, courtesy of the successful GoFundMe drive launched by concerned Americans after his story went viral.
The New York Times reported that the Fund netted more than $200,000, hich enabled Tani, who recently won the New York State Chess championship for his age bracket, and his parents and brother moved to a new apartment from the streets.
“The family settled on one of the more modest and practical housing offers. An anonymous donor paid a year’s rent on a two-bedroom apartment near Tani’s current school.
“The apartment is clean, comfortable and freshly painted, without being luxurious, and the Adewumis gaze adoringly at their new kitchen.
“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.”
It added that three film companies are vying to make movies about Tani.
The young chess champion, whose family were seeking asylum and residing at a homeless shelter in Manhattan after they ‘fled’ the Boko Haram insurgency, won seven chess trophies, including the state tournament, where he outwitted other children.
Adewumi, went undefeated at the state tournament, defeating children from elite private schools with private chess tutors.
Tanitoluwa rating is now 1587 and rising fast and he is being compared with the world’s best player, Magnus Carlsen, who stands at 2845.
His feat has attracted commendations from parents and celebrities, with the story getting the attention of former US president Bill Clinton, who invited theboy and his parents to his office.