Wednesday 20 March 2019

8-Year Old Yoruba Boy Resident in America Caught World Attention; Congratulated and Invited by Bill Clinton

 Former U.S President, Bill Clinton has congratulated the eight year-old Nigerian chess champion, Tanitoluwa Adewunmi and also invited him and his parents to his office for personal introduction.

The Nigerian recently won the New York State Chess championship for his age bracket while the New York Times reported that Adewunmi had won seven chess trophies including the state tournament, where he outwitted other children.

According to the New York Times, the young chess champion’s family are taking asylum in a homeless shelter in Manhattan after they fled the Boko Haram insurgency since 2018.

Adewunmi, went undefeated at the state tournament, outwitting children from elite private schools with private chess tutors.

His feat has attracted commendations from parents and celebrities as the story went viral and got the attention of Clinton.

In a tweet on his Twitter handle-@BillClinton, the former number one citizen said: “Refugees enrich our nation and talent is universal, even if opportunity is not.

“This story made me smile, Tanitoluwa “ you exemplify a winning spirit – in chess and in life.

“And kudos to your hardworking parents. You all should stop by my office in Harlem; I’d love to meet you.”

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