Camila Cabello Donates $10K To 8-Year-Old Homeless Chess Champion
By Hayden Brooks
March 21, 2019
Camila Cabello's heart of gold knows no boundaries.
On Tuesday (March 19), the former Fifth Harmony bandmate donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe account dedicated to a 8-year-old homeless refugee and his family. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is simply known as Tani, escaped northern Nigeria in 2018 with his family to avoid terrorist violence from Boko Haram on Christians in the region. Unfortunately, since fleeing the country, he has been living in a homeless shelter in Manhattan. Nonetheless, parts of his transition to the United States have seen some shine. He recently beat out 73 competitors and was crowned the New York state chess champion in his category after only learning the game a year ago from a part-time teacher. It was that educator that waived his fee to join the local elementary school's chess club and the rest is history.
"Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let’s spread the word and help him out," the 22-year-old singer said of the boy in a tweet. His situation was recently profiled in The New York Times and received some major attention, with the GoFundMe account tripling in its original goal of $50,000. Cabello's generous donation is, in part, to thank for that. Tani also appeared on Today on Tuesday to talk about his journey and even spilled on some of his secret chess tactics. Scroll on below to watch the youngster's appearance!
“talent is universal but opportunity is not.” Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year-old refugee, who won the New York State Chess Championship. Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let’s spread the word and help him out https://t.co/16VdapSimb pic.twitter.com/bXybqSBRle— camila (@Camila_Cabello) March 19, 2019
8-year-old Tani Adewumi is a chess champion that’s well on his way to mastering the difficult game. What’s even more remarkable is his story. He and his family have been living in a NYC homeless shelter since fleeing Nigeria two years ago. pic.twitter.com/K6zPHoZf3m— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 19, 2019
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