Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year old chess champion, will see his success story turned into a feature film.
Given the condition for which Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family flea Nigeria in search of shelter and greener pasture in the United States. His achievement in the chess game is simply remarkable. Tani’s family moved from Nigeria to escape violent activities of Boko Haram, and have been sleeping in a homeless shelter.
However, Tanitoluwa didn’t let that deter him from becoming a chess champion after just two years of being introduced to the sport. Earlier in the year, Tanitoluwa Adewumi beat all competitors to become the 2019 New York State Chess Champion, drawing much attention from almost everyone who loves the game including Trevor Noah.
Hence, Trevor Noah who leads Day Zero Production together with Haroon Saleem will work on a movie about Tanitoluwa Adewumi, they will be joined by George Taillman Jr. of Street Pictures and Norman Aladjem of Mainstay Entertainment.
Trevor Noah authored a 304-pages book titled Born a Crime, which details his childhood story from South Africa. The book will be turned into a movie with Hollywood star of Kenyan descent Lupita Nyong’o playing the lead character as Patricia, the mother of Trevor Noah.
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