Chess in Slums player gets Nexford scholarship
A Chess in Slums player, Jamiu Ninilowo, received a full scholarship from Nexford University.
He clinched the scholarship after winning a chess competition which took place at the Lekki Community Space on Monday, featuring Nextford students and Chess in Slums chess champions.
The competition was organized by Nexford, an online university, in collaboration with Tunde Onakoya Chess in Slums Africa.
For emerging as the winner of the competition, Ninilowo won a 100% BBA scholarship, a laptop computer and an internet modem to meet his academic needs.
Ninilowo had recently passed the WAEC with honors and had considered university options before being introduced to Nexford.
Reacting to the scholarship, Ninilowo said, “I am very excited because winning the scholarship would help me achieve my dreams.”
For his part, Nexford University National Director Olamidun Majekodunmi said the competition was among the events planned for the university’s graduation week.
In a statement on Monday, Majekodunmi said the university stands for flexible and affordable learning and believes in identifying unique offerings to help its learners and graduates stand out from the crowd.
“Today marks the launch of Nexford Graduation Week and we have found a clear alignment between Chess in Slums and the University of Nexford – we are producing next generation leaders and providing unique opportunities for upliftment. life-changing,” Majekodunmi said.
Additionally, Nexford’s Regional Communications Manager, Sally Okogho, challenged attendees to maximize the opportunities offered by technology in achieving their dreams.
“Your location shouldn’t limit you, with your laptop you are connected to the world. Nexford University offers global experience and skills that enable you to seize global opportunities.”
For his part, a Chess in Slums Africa instructor said the experience with children from different backgrounds varies, adding that the game helps in learning survival and navigating through life.
“Chess is a game about survival, strategy and how to manage life,” he said.
“The experience was very enjoyable, not the usual type of experience we get because we learn to teach normal children in the comfort of their homes, in expensive schools, but when you teach children from the slums , streets, it’s a different ball game because the game is very practical,” added the instructor.
Reacting to the scholarship, Chess In Slum founder Tunde Onakoya described the competition and Ninilowo’s victory as “perfect timing”.
“Today we hosted a chess tournament in partnership with @nexford University and Jamiu was the overall champion. Bagging a full BBA [Bachelor’s] scholarship to Nexford University with a brand new laptop.
“He also recently passed his WAEC exam so it was the perfect timing,” Onakoya wrote on his Twitter account.