An 8-year-old boy’s victory as New York state chess champion will be his family’s ticket out of a homeless shelter.
The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi (TAH’-nee ah-deh-WOO’-mee) won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only about a year ago.
Tanitoluwa Adewumi poses with his trophy. Photo: Russell Makofsky via AP
Tani and his family have lived in a New York City shelter since fleeing Nigeria in 2017. The Christian family feared attacks by the militant group Boko Haram.
Tanitoluwa Adewumi and family
Tani’s chess coach Russell Makofsky (muh-KAHF’-skee) set up a GoFundMe account for the family after Tani won the championship. It has already raised more than $180,000.
Tani’s family has applied for asylum, and according to NBC New York, they hope to move out of the homeless shelter soon.
Makofsky joined Tani on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday and said that thanks to donations, the family is moving into an apartment.
Tani says he “felt surprised” by his win.
BBNaija evicts UK police officer Khafi Kareem
The UK Metro police officer was evicted during the live show on Sunday.
Khafi, who was put up in a strong competition with Tacha, Mike and Seyi, got on stage in her usual, bubbly demeanor.
When the nomination reel was played for her, she told host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu that she was surprised Ike nominated her seeing as they both bonded in the house.
Ike, on Thursday had revealed that he planted a condom for Khafi and her love interest, Gedoni to imply that they had sex.
5 reasons you must attend Nigeria Cultural Parade in Texas
This year’s edition of the Nigerian Cultural Parade and Festival (NCPF) in Houston comes with a number of markers that will make the parade and festival the envy of other communities in Houston, Texas.
The parade has the city’s official support, ready partners and sponsors, and cultural groups already signed on to participate. It’s a partnership forged on shared identity.
Many might not now this.
For one, Houston and Nigeria have something in common—diversity. According to Linda Anukwuem, founder of WeLead co-sponsoring the event, the city is naturally multi—just like Nigeria with its multi-ethnicity, the rich blend of Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba, and their subcultures.
All of this will add variety and color to the up-coming event. Which is why its parade and festival are what Nigerian-Americans and others living in the U.S. are bursting to go.
Five reasons you must attend the Nigeria Cultural Parade and Festival (NCPF)
1. NIGERIAN CULTURE
There will be full display of Nigerian culture, tradition, and history for those who have not got a first-hand experience of the way of life of the world’s largest black nation. “Non-Nigerians attending will be able to see the True NAIJA Experience.
Wherever cultures go, food has always made a good chaperon. You readily identify Nigerians with their palates. Watch it. This year’s festival promises lots of eats and drinks, all African. Particularly Nigerian. It’s what food aficionados will like to have a bite. Especially as one of the sponsors makes the best African gourmet food in Houston. WAZOBIA African Kitchen will set the table before all at the 2019 Nigeria Cultural Parade and Festival.
Part of what enriches Nigeria’s culture is its music, the Afro style in its variety, including folklore, folk dance, ceremonial and ritual dances, Afro-hiphop, and others. The organizers have promised a splash of this. According to Anukwuem, the groups that have signed up for participation will display their traditional music, the instruments they play, their chants, and attires as they walk along the route during the parade which comes first.
4. Networking, Trade and Investment
Certainly, it is not going to be just beef and beer all through. WeLead’s founder is bringing her experience in the Houston Department of Trade and Investment (Africa Affairs). So there are plans in place for investors to get information on trades and investment opportunity in Nigeria. There are publications readied to inform the business-oriented participants.
5. Politcal Platform
Houston boasts the largest community of Nigerians in the Diaspora. That is big enough to sway decisions and policies in the city. Politically, that is. The Nigerians there will just be getting to appreciate the platform the festival and its parade offer. Plus, the office of the Mayor has been supporting the parade and its festival over the years. If anything, the platform makes lobbying and negotiation with those in government possible for Nigerians there.
Culturally NAIJA, WeLead and WAZOBIA African Kitchen have bigger goals afoot or the annual festival.
The September 28, superb as it promises, is just a curtain-raiser.
Nigerian students in Harvard, MIT, Yale wins NAMSA award
With 50 entries, 13 finalists from six high schools and seven colleges, and a five panel of judges, the 2019 edition of Writing for Righting Prize, U.S. has been marked up as the most competitive in the history of the Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA).
The number of this year’s entries for the NAMSA Scholarship Award competition was thrice that of last year’s.
In a statement released by media coordinator on Sunday, the organizers said the essays submitted offered rich and diverse perspectives on the issue of gun violence in America.
“The judges had a hard time deciding on the eventual winners,” said NAMSA as it praised the judges.
On the panel were Nneka Falson, managing editor of WCVB-TV and adjunct professor at Emerson College; Amy Tighe, writer, theologian and environmental activist; Tinu Bello, poet and medical student; Amaka Ubaka, broadcaster; and Nicole Wilson, PhD (Political Science) student at MIT and Lagos Studies Association.
NAMSA also thanked the award sponsors, including the Owumi Prize for public health, and the Ohiri Prize.
College students sent in entries from some of the first-rate American citadels of learning, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard College, Boston University, Yale University, Wellesley University, and Tufts University.
High school students also sent in entries from the Advanced Math and Science Academy, Pioneer Charter School, Roxbury Lati School, Bermont High Schools, and Brockton High school where two finalists emerged.
The winners will receive their prizes at the NAMSA Awards and Community Gala in Boston, Massachusetts on October 5.
The annual award, by the Nigerian American community in New England, celebrates the best of the community in business, academics, politics, and other areas of life.