According to reports, Adewumi was living with his family in a homeless shelter prior to the US granting him refuge. Adewumi shot to fame in 2019 after winning the New York State Chess Championship in his division.
Tanitoluwa, his parents, and his older brother, collectively known as the Adewumis, fled Nigeria in 2017 out of concern for Boko Haram terrorist threats. They eventually made their way to New York.
After the family had arrived in the nation, they had applied for religious asylum.
According to a Wednesday article in the Washington Post, the US formally granted the family refuge.
The term “asylum” refers to the shelter or safety provided by a government to those who have been compelled to flee their home nations due to danger or conflict.
“We feel so relieved. Everybody is so happy,” said Tani’s father, Kayode Adewumi.
Tani’s chess career had been somewhat stalled because of his pending asylum application, as he hadn’t been able to travel to tournaments abroad, impeding his ability to reach his ultimate goal of becoming a Chess Grandmaster.
“It feels amazing because it’s been such a long journey. I’m just grateful that we’ve gotten this opportunity,” Tani stated.
Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a 12-year-old Nigerian chess champion, and his family have been given asylum in the United States.
According to Matthew Ingber, who was a volunteer attorney on the Adewumi family’s asylum case, Tani’s predicament first came to his attention in the summer of 2021.
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