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My Name Is Tani And I Believe In Miracles Young Readers Edition$15.99Add to cart
At eight years old, Tani Adewumi, a Nigerian refugee, won the 2019 New York State Chess Championship after playing the game for only a year–and while homeless. His story is full of miracles and hope.
Tani and his family’s amazing story began amid Boko Haram’s reign of terror in their native country of Nigeria. They fled their home to the United States, where they lived in a New York City homeless shelter as they waited to be granted religious asylum. Tani began attending PS 116, where his classmates were unaware that he and his family had no home. So when Tani asked his parents if he could join the chess program at school, which required a fee, it seemed unlikely. But his mother wrote to the coach, who offered Tani a scholarship.
This adaptation will focus on the portions of Tani’s story that will most interest young readers. The struggle of leaving his comfortable home and moving to a new country with nothing. Living in America as a homeless family. Having no TV, no games, no money. Wanting a place for his mom to cook meals and a refrigerator where he could get a snack whenever he was hungry. Going to a new school. Meeting a teacher who taught him the game of chess, which allowed him to learn, compete, and experience the pressures of the game and the ultimate joy of winning.
Tani’s story will inspire you to believe in the power of the human spirit to triumph over the greatest adversities. And his family’s faith will inspire you to believe in miracles.
My Name Is Tani And I Believe In Miracles$26.99Add to cart
Tani and his family’s story begins amid Boko Haram’s reign of terror in their native country of Nigeria as they become targets for capture and killing. Their miraculous escape takes them to a New York City homeless shelter, where they wait to be granted religious asylum.
Tani’s father, who comes from a royal family and has left behind thirteen employees in Nigeria, becomes a dishwasher and Uber driver to support his family. Tani’s mother, whose family helps to oversee the finances for a large Nigerian printing press, worked at a bank for more than eight years but is now training to become a home health aide.
After eighteen months the family is still at the shelter, unbeknownst to Tani’s classmates. When Tani asks his parents if he can join the chess program at his New York City public school, it seems unlikely since a fee is required. So his mother writes to the coach, who offers Tani a scholarship. Tani jumps in to learn the game. The result is not only a miracle in a chess competition but also the rescue and redemption of an entire family.
As miracles led Tani and his family to New York, his father, Kayode Adewumi, says, “There are many times in my life when I thought this must be the miracle, and yet I did not know that the miracle had not yet begun.”
Told from the perspective of Tani, his family, and those closest to him, Tani’s story will inspire you to believe in the power of the human spirit to triumph over the greatest adversity. And the faith and persistence of Tani’s family will inspire you to believe in miracles.