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12-year-old Nigerian chess wizkid granted US asylum

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A 12-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi, has been granted asylum by the United States after winning a New York State Chess Championships while living in a homeless shelter with his family.

Tani as he is fondly called, was only eight when he rose to international stardom in 2019 with that performance which saw him defeat 73 of the best chess players in his age group and win his division.

His success came less than two years after his arrival in the US after his family allegedly fled the West African country due to threats by the Islamist jihadist group, Boko Haram.

The chess wizkid’s father, Kayode Adewumi, who announced the asylum on Saturday, said the family had been granted asylum by the US government, concluding a “dramatic five-year journey that began in terrifying fashion.”

“We escaped by the mercy of God. The only thing that we can say is we really thank God,” he said.

After Tani won that famous victory at the New York State Championships and garnered national attention, a fundraising website for the family raised more than $200,000 (£164,000) and an anonymous donor paid a full year’s rent on a two-bedroom apartment for them.

In 2021, Tani competed at another chess tournament in Connecticut and won every game, becoming one of the youngest national masters in the history of the US Chess Federation.

Today, the Adewumi family lives in an apartment in east Manhattan, and say their asylum status has come as a great relief.

“We were very very happy. We really appreciate God that asylum came successfully,” Adewumi said.

In an interview with BBC, Tani said:
“I hope to become a grandmaster,” Tani said. “Or maybe more than that – a world champion.”

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers withdraws from 2025 AfroBasket qualifiers due to lack of funds

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Nigeria’s senior male basketball national team, D’Tigers, have withdrawn from the 2025 FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers dunking off in Tunisia on Friday due to lack of funds.

According to a press release by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the “painful” withdrawal of the team from the window that could have given Nigeria another opportunity to qualify for the world championship was due to the inability of the Ministry of Sports to provide the federation with the needed funds for the qualifiers.

“In recent times, the female and male national basketball teams have not had the best in preparations for major continental and global championships, due to the perennial lack of funds,” the federation’s statement said.

“However, the financial burdens of ensuring national teams participate in these tournaments have been personally taken up by the President of NBBF, Engr. Musa Kida.

“While Kida, is yet to be refunded the billions of naira he has spent, the participation of the various national teams is in doubt as the federation is unable to raise more funds for the latest national assignment.

“The Ministry of Sports has not been able to come up with needed funds, citing lack of adequate funds to prosecute several other national engagements, including the forthcoming African Games holding in Accra, Ghana in March.

“The board of NBBF appeals to the ever-growing fans and lovers of the game in Nigeria and diaspora to understand the dire situation it found itself in view of the economic challenges faced by the country, even as it promised to redouble its efforts and commitments to the continued growth of the game in Nigeria.”

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Kelvin Kiptum: Autopsy reveals late Marathon record holder died from head injuries

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An autopsy carried out by the Kenyan government has revealed that late world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, died from severe head injuries in a ghastly road accident on February 11.

Kenya’s chief government pathologist, Johanssen Odour, told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the injuries were consistent with those suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

The 24-year-old rising star died in a car accident alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in killed in a late-night accident near his home in north-western Kenya.

According to a release by his family, Kiptum will be laid to rest on Friday at his home village, Chepkorio in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, in what is expected to be a state event.

Kiptum rose to fame when he became a world marathon record holder when he set a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October last year after switching to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before.

At the London Marathon, he set a record pace and improved his personal best time by 50 seconds to beat the 2:01:09 record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time.

Kiptum broke the course record for the London Marathon, winning the men’s event in the second-fastest marathon in history, crossing the finish line in two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.

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