A movie about the inspiring journey of eight-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy, Tanitoluwa ‘Tani’ Adewumi is currently being developed by popular South-African comedian, television host, and writer, Trevor Noah.
Adewumi came to the limelight after he won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship in 2018. Before then, His parents fled Nigeria with him and his older brother to New York in 2017 for a safe dwelling due to attacks by the Boko Haram sect.
The 8-year-old’s win at the chess championship became an automatic ticket for a better life for him and his family who before then lived in a homeless shelter. His story disseminated on social media and well-wishers and sympathizers were able to raise more than 250,000 dollars through a GoFundMe.
His was profiled by the New York Times, going from homelessness to internationally known chess champion.
The film will be produced under Day Zero Productions which is owned by the talented comedian Noah and business partner, Haroon Salem.
State Street Pictures and Mainstay Entertainment were also named as producers on the project, which was acquired by Paramount Studios.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Adewumi had only known how to play chess for a year before his global win. He learned to play chess from a teacher at school.
The storyline of the film will focus on Adewumi’s family survival story of looking for asylum in New York only to end up without a home. It also focuses on the sacrifices parents undergo for their children.
The film will be released through HarperCollins’ W Publishing imprint in 2020.