My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles
The Amazing True Story of One Boy's Journey From Refugee to Chess ChampionBook
Do you believe in miracles? Tani Adewumi does. An eight-year-old refugee from Nigeria, Tani shocked the ultra-exclusive chess club community when he won the New York State Chess Championship after only playing the game for a year. But what no one realized is that his story was already full of miracles.
Tani Adewumi didn&;t know what Boko Haram was or why they had threatened his family. All he knew was that when his parents told the family was going to America, Tani thought it was the start of a great adventure rather than an escape. In truth, his family&;s journey to the United States was nothing short of miraculous&;and the miracles were just beginning.
Tani&;s father, Kayode, became a dishwasher and Uber driver while Tani&;s mother, Oluwatoyin, cleaned buildings, while the family lived in a homeless shelter. Eight-year-old Tani jumped into his new life with courage and perseverance&;and an unusual mind for chess. After joining the chess club in his public school, Tani practiced his game for hours in the evenings at the shelter. Then he began competing in the ultra-exclusive chess clubs of New York City. And winning&;again and again. And then, less than a year after he learned to play, Tani won the New York State chess championship.
In My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles, Tani and his parents tell us their incredible true story of sacrificing everything for family, living with nothing but hope, and then sharing generously all they received to discover the greatest riches of all. Tani&;s triumphant spirit reminds us of the power of kindness and the beauty of unity as we watch for the next miracle to begin.
Baker & Taylor
Shares the story of an eight-year-old Nigerian immigrant whose family had to flee to the United States after being threatened by terrorists, and in one year became a chess champion.
Traces the extraordinary journey of young Tani Adewumi, whose family was forced to flee their home in Nigeria and endure homelessness in a New York shelter before his miraculous emergence as a chess prodigy.