Christian Nigerian Refugee Family Whose Son Won New York Chess Tournament Thanks God for Victory and New Apartment

Third-grader Tani Adewumi and his family, seeking religious asylum in the U.S., credit God for Tani’s state chess championship and the family’s new apartment. Photo from

A Christian Nigerian family seeking religious asylum in the U.S. credits God for their son’s New York statewide chess victory and their new apartment after two years of homelessness.

Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi won the New York State Primary Chess tournament in his age group and is preparing for the U.S. national championship in May. Tani only learned the game a year ago.

“He said with God all things are possible for me and my family,” Tani’s father Kayode Adewumi told News 4 New York.

Tani’s story has gone viral and drawn more than $200,000 through a Go Fund Me page Tani’s chess coach established. Hearing of the family’s two-year stay in a Manhattan homeless shelter, a donor arranged for the family to move into an apartment.

“It’s a wonderful day, because God has made it happen,” Kayode told News 4.

The Adewumis are seeking safety in the U.S. from Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group that has killed an estimated 30,000 people, mostly Christians, since 2011 in Nigeria and surrounding states. Boko Haram, along with militant Fulani herdsmen, are widely accused of attempted Christian genocide.

“I don’t want to lose any loved ones,” Kayode told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

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Source: Baptist Press