Fawaz, an 18-year-old bus conductor who has spent years of his life living under the Oshodi bridge, won the overall chess and mental maths championships at a competition held in Oshodi, Lagos.
Chess In Slums Initiative, an organization dedicated to involving children and other young people living in slums, is the organizer of the tournament.
Certainly, Fawaz’ life is about to change for the better, as donations are already pouring in to help support his schooling, as well as the education of his fellow contestants.
This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Dr. Adeola Olubamiji, the founder of StemHub, has expressed her desire to send him a sum of two hundred thousand naira in addition to the cash reward and other prizes he has received.
She tweeted ;
I would like to send him 200K prize. If he ever needs support, my husband was a chess champion from Mushin and represented Nigeria in international competitions. He attended OAU & Yaba Tech on scholarships. We can support him with what we can. Let’s get him off the streets!