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Tani Adewumi, the Nigerian refugee who claimed the New York State chess championship at the age of eight, is a name you might be familiar with. If you do, we have some exciting news for you. Tani, who is now ten years old, just won a championship and is currently a National Chess Master, according to Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist.

He won the CCFC G/30 Club Championships in Norwalk, Connecticut, earning a whopping 58 points and the title of National Master.

Tani shot to fame in 2019 when he claimed the New York State Chess Championship. He was celebrated by people and platforms around the world, including “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, who announced at the time that a biopic about the chess prodigy was in the works.

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Nicholas Kristof said that the chess prodigy is a reminder that “talent is universal, but opportunity is not,” because he was fortunate enough to find a chess program near his shelter at the time.

Along with his growing chess ambition, three film companies competed for the rights to his novel, which was acquired by Paramount Pictures.

Tani’s biography, “My Name is Tani… and I Believe in Miracles,” was released on April 14, 2020. The book is available on

His mum Oluwatoyin Adewumi shared the good news via her Instagram page, “Our God has done it again today. Tanitoluwa won chess club of Fairfield Connecticut championship,” she wrote. This is the LORD’s doing, for it is Marvelous in Our Eyes. Thank you, Jesus!!!”

His coach, National Master Shawn Martinez also confirmed this news with a post on Instagram. He wrote:

#KeepPushing my boy! From the first day I met you where you barely knew how to move the pieces to now shaking hands with a 10 year old chess master and the Fairfield chess club champion! Tremendous shout out to Tani for his endless passion, drive, and work ethic! You truly earned this weekend big guy and May it propel you closer to your dreams of becoming the youngest GM! Continue to inspire the world 🌍 young lion 🦁! I’m so happy I got the chance to see you and the family today after this crazy year! May god continue to bless you and give you the strength to reach your dreams! #workhardplayhard #futuregm

Stay motivated and strive to be the best version of yourself 🚀 no matter what! #FindYourMotivation #KeepPushing

– Coach Shawn

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Hope your goal in life is not to dress up and take pictures – Patoranking asks




Nigerian dance hall singer, Patoranking has decided to shake some tables with his Insta story post.

Patoranking took to the stories section of Instagram to ask a rhetorical question, he said:

Hope your goal in life is not to dress up and take pictures?

In a world where the social media has become some people’s reality, posting pictures even in rented apparel and living fake lives, Patoranking should not be the only one asking this question.

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Five powerful quotes to start your day with




It is another new day and it is our job at 9jabeat to ensure that you have an amazing day. Hence, we have put together five powerful quotes to start your day with. Endeavour reading them thoroughly and immerse yourself in them. Remember, your only limitation is your imagination.

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“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”~Winston S. Churchill

“Life is a series of baby steps along the way and if you add up these tiny little steps you take toward your goal, whatever it is, whether it’s giving up something, a terrible addiction or trying to work your way through an illness.” ~Hoda Kotb.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” ~ Wayne Dyer

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~Henry David Thoreau

So go on, let these powerful quotes fill you with motivation and energy. Go past the limits you set for yourself and change the world, one day at a time. Rise above whatever trouble lays before you. The world is yours to conquer.

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Five motivational quotes to begin your Monday with




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It is another Monday and it is important to us at 9jabeat that you start your day with the right dose of positive energy. You might not have accomplished all you wanted last week, that’s fine. You will do better this week. Walk into the new day with these five amazing quotes for some of the wisest people to grace our planet. Make sure to share with other people so they can begin their day right too.

  • “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston S. Churchill
  • “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” — Will Rogers
  • “Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.” Mark Twain
  • “Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.” – Germany Kent

Read these quotes as much as you want. Remember to go out today and conquer. Your only limitation is your imagination. Have an amazing Monday!

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