• Author: Tanitoluwa Adewumi | Paperback : 208 pages | ISBN-13 : 978-1400218295


Tani Adewumi didn’t know what Boko Haram was or why they had threatened his family. All he knew was that when his parents told the family was going to America, Tani thought it was the start of a great adventure rather than an escape. In truth, his family’s journey to the United States was nothing short of miraculous—and the miracles were just beginning.

Tani’s father, Kayode, became a dishwasher and Uber driver while Tani’s mother, Oluwatoyin, cleaned buildings, while the family lived in a homeless shelter. Eight-year-old Tani jumped into his new life with courage and perseverance—and an unusual mind for chess. After joining the chess club in his public school, Tani practiced his game for hours in the evenings at the shelter. And less than a year after he learned to play, Tani won the New York State chess championship.

A young boy with an aptitude for chess?  Absolutely.  But if you ask Tani Adewumi, he will tell you he believes in miracles and one happened to him and his family. This story will inspire, delight, and challenge you to believe, too.


The book is narrated by Tani and his parents. It takes you through their journey from Nigeria to the USA while engaging you. Their story inspires courage and hope amidst uncertainties. It reminds how far kindness can go. It teaches how sacrificing all you got for your loved ones, sharing with them your aspirations and praying together is rewarding in the end. It’s for everyone who wants to pursue their dreams no matter where they come from.

I highly recommend it to everyone, to remind ourselves of the things we take for granted, of the presence of good people around us, of how a small action of love goes far and of how faith moves mountains. My rating of the book is 5☆☆☆☆☆

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