Chess in Lagos Nigeria: Tunde Onakoya Starts a Chess Training Project for Children

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Tunde Onakoya teaching children chess Source: pressfrom.info. au

Seasoned player Tunde Onakoya started the Chess in Slums project last September in the sprawling neighbourhood of Ikorodu Lagos Nigeria, a place where residents often feel cut off from the bustle and business of the vibrant megacity around it.

The goal of the club is to provide a space to play and learn the game for the young inhabitants of the slum, many of whom are not in school and work to support their families.

Tunde Onakoya

Crowds of children bustle around chessboards in Nigeria’s Lagos, figuring out their next moves as part of a project aimed at bringing hope in one of the city’s impoverished slums. Dozens of matches are played simultaneously as participants as young as three master a game often considered out of reach for the masses in Africa’s most populous country.

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” 24-year-old teacher Tunde Onakoya tells his young charges after getting their attention. “But it’s how you respond that makes you a champion. Don’t get down when you lose, don’t feel like you can’t do it, just concentrate and do your best.”

The goal of the club is to provide a space to play and learn the game for the young inhabitants of the slum, many of whom are not in school and work to support their families.

Source: www.pressfrom.info/au/

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