Nigerian Child Beats Many In His Community At Chess, Wins Trophy Despite Cerebral Palsy Legit.ng
– A Nigerian, Tunde Onakoya, made the children of the slums of Makoko smile and made one of them a chess champion
– Before Ferdinard was introduced to the game, his friends laughed at him for his cerebral palsy and his outlook seemed dim
– Not only did he learn quickly, but the young boy’s great ability to solve complex games also amazed his tutor
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Chess in Slums Africa founder Tunde Onakoya shared the moving story of a Nigerian child, Ferdinard, who became a chess champion despite his cerebral palsy.
In April, the chess instructor said his team had met him and introduced the game to the young boy. He said a few minutes later the young boy outdid everyone.
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Tunde revealed that he quickly discovered the boy to be a master chess player after being able to figure out an intricate knight move.
His team visited the young boy’s family and found they barely had enough to survive. The tutor added that although he had never heard her say anything in English, he pronounced “champion” while holding his trophy.
The team was also able to dress the boy and other children who were educated in the game. Many Nigerians praised the efforts made in this initiative.
See his tweets below:
Legit.ng compiled some of the reactions below:
“You are the miracle Tunde. For believing in him so much. THANKS.”
“They look so good in the outfits. They look so full of dreams. I really don’t know the right words, but I pray that God provides greater opportunities for @chessinslums so that they can operate with greater capacity. “
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“God bless you sir! That just made my day! I’m excited, ready to make a difference in this life. Thank you for that, God bless you for the sacrifice.”
“It must be the most beautiful thing I have seen and I promise I won’t cry, it’s how you intentionally and unintentionally put in so much work to improve the lives of people (especially children).”
During this time, Legit.ng Earlier reported that a young Nigerian boy, Tani Adewumi, whose history as a homeless chess player made waves years ago, has made even greater strides.
An American journalist, Nicholas Kristof, revealed on Sunday May 2 that the boy, now 10, won a championship and became a master chess player from an early age.