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Chess In The Slum- Tunde Onakaya

Two weeks ago, Tyrone, a titled chess Master and president of the

chess club visited Nigeria for the first time to connect with Benjamin, a chess prodigy from the slums of Makoko. Chess changed Tyrone’s life and now he’ll be sponsoring Benjamin’s education till university.

Tyrone’s visit was inspired by the

‘ mission to connect the world by leveraging the power of chess to create community, expand opportunity and ultimately change lives. We decided to visit our chess academy in Makoko’.

Makoko is the largest floating slum in the world and home to an estimated 300,000 people, many of whom are fishermen. A third of the community is built on stilts across the lagoon and the rest on Land. There are thousands of children here without access to formal education.
Tyrone got to meet some of the boys who used to live under bridge at oshodi before the gift of chess helped set their lives on a different trajectory He told them how Chess helped him get into MIT. The boys were inspired and volunteered to help share the chess sets in Makoko.
We visited local schools in the community and shared over 200 chess sets with the technology needed to be integrated into a global community of chess players.
For decades, vulnerable children in slums have been marginalized from the outside world without any plans for their future. Through Chess, we’re building an inclusive future for them and giving them equal opportunities to experience the world beyond those confines.

Tyrone’s visit to Nigeria was an inspiring one, and has birthed a partnership with

@GoldmanSachs  , which will help us get an additional 5,000 sets to Nigeria and technological devices needed to help connect more children to the internet.
Chess is changing the world in more ways than we know. It’s a universal language that transcends social barriers and facilitates connections across race, gender and socio-economic status. It is indeed possible to do great things from a small place.
Source-@Tunde Onakaya


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