Former United States President, Bill Clinton has congratulated the eight-year-old Nigerian chess champion, Tanitoluwa Adewunmi and also inviting him to his office.
Tanitoluwa Adewunmi recently got attention of the World after winning the New York State Chess championship for his age bracket, a feat that made headlines of several on dailies.
The New York Times had reported that the young Nigerians had seven chess titles including the state tournament, where he dominated other children.
The former U.S president decided to celebrate Tanitoluwa and said he would like to host him.
In a tweet on his Twitter [email protected], the former U.S. President said: “Refugees enrich our nation and talent is universal, even if an opportunity is not.”
Clinton said “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.”
Tanitoluwa wowed everyone when he came first in the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament for kindergarten through third grade.
According to reports on the New York Times, Tanitoluwa who said he want to be the ‘youngster chess grandmaster’ and family are taking asylum in a homeless shelter in Manhattan after they fled the Boko Haram insurgency since 2018.