A young Nigerian refugee who started a new life in the United States has seen success, as many newcomers have. Tani Adewumi started playing chess four years ago, not realizing what a transformational move it was and how it would change his family’s life forever. At just ten years of age, Tani took the title of US National Chess Master. Two years after winning the New York State chess championship and living in a homeless shelter, Tani reached a chess rating of 2223, gaining the chess master title. His father, Kayode Adewumi said, “When he came in first, my heart burst out of my chest. I was extremely happy.” There are many opportunities for you and your family in the US. Contact USAFIS for help applying for the required visa to live and work in the United States
Tani’s father said the boy is a normal kid who loves watching basketball and wants to be the youngest grandmaster in the world. The title of grandmaster is currently held by Sergey Karjakin from Ukraine, who became a grandmaster at age 12. Tani is well on his way to making his goal realized.
Although Tani beat many young chess players in New York, his family lived in a homeless shelter because they couldn’t afford stable housing at the time. After a New York Times article was published about the family’s situation, $254,000 was raised by GoFundMe. The family moved into a home and have begun a trust called the Tanitoluwa Adewumi Foundation to support other children in circumstances like they faced. Contact USAFIS and begin your path to freedom and opportunity.