Trevor Noah to produce film on eight-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy
Television host and comedian, Trevor Noah is developing a film about Tanitoluwa ‘Tani’ Adewumi, the eight-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy.
Noah, who hosted the award-winning The Daily Show would produce the film under his Day Zero Productions imprint alongside business partner, Haroon Salem.
State Street Pictures and Mainstay Entertainment were also named as producers on the project, which was acquired by Paramount Studios.
NAN reports that Adewumi had only been playing chess for a year when he won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship in 2018.
He learned to play chess from a teacher at school.
The plot of the film centred on the Adewumi family’s survival story of seeking asylum only to become homeless in New York, and the lengths that parents would go to for their children.
After their story began spreading around social media, the family was able to secure permanent housing thanks to the more than 250,000 dollars in donations that they received through GoFundMe.
The film’s script would be adapted from a trio of books on the family, which would be released through HarperCollins’ W Publishing imprint in 2020.
You may be interested
Super Eagles Hold First Training Session Ahead Benin Clash; Aribo, Troost-Ekong Hit Camp TuesdayWebby - November 11, 2019
Victor Osimhen and Daniel Akpeyi have joined the Super Eagles camp in Uyo for Wednesday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations…
5 health benefits of kissingWebby - November 11, 2019
Eating up the other person’s lips has so much packed into it: like the next thing you do on your…
Police Allegedly Torture 26-year-old Man To Death In KanoWebby - November 11, 2019
Emir of Karaye in Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar II, has called for proper investigation into the death of a…