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Meet Omoyele Michael: Boy who moved from the slums to representing Nigeria at 2021 African Youth Chess Championship

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A young boy has served as a living proof that people with talents and intellect are abound in Nigeria and all the need is the right support and opportunity to thrive.

16-year-old Omoyele Michael was living on the slums of Majidu in Ikorodu area of Lagos state three years ago before he was discovered by Tunde Onakoya, founder of Chess in Slums Africa, and his life changed for the better.


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The little boy moved from being a drop out to representing Nigeria at the 2021 African Youth Chess Championship.

Onakoya shared Michael’s story in a Twitter thread and narrated how the boy found himself being enrolled in the chess championship.

He wrote; ”First frame was 3 years ago when we found Michael in the slums of Majidun ikorodu, he had dropped out of school at the time.

Second frame is Michael representing Nigeria at the 2021 African youth games after qualifying as the best in the country for his age category.

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On one hot scorching Saturday afternoon three years ago in Majidun, with a piece of paper and a pen in hand,we set out to do a vulnerability assessment for the children we wanted to teach chess in the community.

It was on this day we discovered Michael Omoyele who sat quietly under a shed beside the river with a measuring tape on his neck. I walked up to him and asked for his name, dreams and aspirations.

I wrote down his name on that day and asked him to join our Chess academy.

He explained that he couldn’t join the chess program because he was learning tailoring in a local shop and also had to drop out of school because his parents couldn’t afford to pay his tuition at the time.

That was the only way he could earn a living and support his parents.

We had to plead with the parents to let him join our training sessions only on Saturdays and he could continue learning tailoring every other day of the week.

We also committed to helping him get back to school on scholarship support just so they could trust us.

Michael finally joined our program and quickly became one of our best players.

He showed great skill and passion for chess. From being unable to pronounce the word “pawn” to using words like “prophylaxis” during our group analysis sessions, it was truly a wonder watching him grow.

After one year, we started enrolling him in tournaments.

I remember the very first game he lost, he ran into the toilet and couldn’t stop crying.

It was a teachable moment where he learnt an important lesson that losing is just a part of the process.

He never gave up.

Last month, he qualified to represent Nigeria in the Under 16 category at the 2021 African youth games where he got to compete against some of the best juniors on the continent.

He didn’t get a medal this time ,but I’m sure he’ll be back and better.

For me, the greatest miracle of chess is in the inate ability of a pawn(the least valuable piece) to become a queen (The most powerful piece).

This analogy reflects the true essence of what we do @chessinslums to help every child know that they can truly become powerful.

Michael is now 16 years old and in his final year in secondary school, we have supported his Education for the past three years and have watched him excel in both chess and his academics.”

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Manchester United Confirm Ralf Rangnick As Interim Manager On Six-month Contract Until End Of The Season

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Manchester United have announced the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim boss until the end of the season.

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The German, 63, leaves his role as head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow to take the job at Old Trafford.

He arrives at the Theatre of Dreams with his struggling side sat eighth in the Premier League table, already 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Rangnick is widely regarded as a pioneer of gegenpressing, and has influenced the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann with his methods.

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He has also helped to unearth stars of the future including Erling Haaland while working behind the scenes, as he also takes on a consultancy role at United.

Rangnick has held numerous managerial positions, but has largely opted to step back in recent years.

His CV includes stints at Hoffenheim, Schalke, RB Leipzig, Stuttgart and Hannover.

He could bring his famous 4-2-2-2 formation to Old Trafford, and is bound to turn his new side into a coherent pressing unit – something that has not been the case at United for some time.

Rangnick turned down Chelsea in January because he felt that he’s ‘no interim coach’.

But his stance appears to have changed when it comes to Man United.

Some fans have pondered where Cristiano Ronaldo will fit in to his new boss’ pressing style.

The Portuguese was dropped to the bench for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea by caretaker Michael Carrick – although Gary Neville reckons that Rangnick picked the team.

Luke Shaw, meanwhile, may face a battle to impress his new boss, after Rangnick claimed that he’s ‘not so sure’ if the England left-back is ‘on the same kind of level you need for a club like Man United.’

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is convinced that Rangnick is the man to get United back into the Champions League.

But Roy Keane slammed his old club for appointing an interim boss.Photo Credit: Getty

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Beauty DIY: How To Get Rid Of Smelly Feet

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Having smelly feet can be embarrassing and uncomfortable at the same time. Some people have grown to live with it, but there are several ways to get rid of it because smelly feet should not be a part of your worries.
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It is usually caused by excessive sweating and bacterial growth on the skin. So here are some easy and quick ways on how to get rid of smelly feet;
Essential Oils
Essential oils have several health and beauty benefits. It has antimicrobial and antifungal properties that can eliminate the bacteria present on your skin. These oils will not only kill the bacteria but will also cover the stink. Put eight to ten drops of essential oil in half a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 30 minutes. You can use lavender oil or any other essential oil. Do this twice a day for a week.
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Vinegar
The fermented liquid is excellent when it comes to how to get rid of smelly feet. The acid in the vinegar neutralizes the odor that helps to kill the bacteria. Simply mix half-a-cup of apple cider vinegar in a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for 10 -15 minutes.
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Antibiotic Ointment
Bacteria, not sweat, is what leads to foot odor. While sweat leads to bacteria due to moisture, there is little that can be done to stop your feet from sweating. You can add baby powder to your soaks to absorb moisture, or wear moisture-wicking socks. You can also add antibiotic ointment to your routine. Simply apply the ointment to your feet, between your toes, and also a small layer on your toenails before bed. Put your socks back on and the ointment will work to kill off the odor-causing bacteria that are making your feet smell.
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Y’all Look At Magic!!! That Wizkid’s Show Was A Madness – Simi

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Popular songstress and songwriter Simi Ogundele-Kosoko is blown away and filled with pride as her music colleague and compatriot Ayo Wizkid Balogun’s show was an absolute success that she has termed as nothing short of magical. Simi

Simi in her appreciation of Wizkid’s O2 Arena show’s success took to her page to call the attention of Nigerians to the magical experience and the level of success of the show. She wrote on her Insta-story, describing the show as magical, an absolute madness, she said

“Y’all look at the Magic our people are doing worldwide!!! That Wiz show was a madness”

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KOKO TV recalls that the ticket to the Wizkid’s O2 Arena’s show sold out in under 30 minutes some 3 months back, that the singer was forced to have to organise another show by a day more, and the ticket for that show was also sold out within 13-minutes that it was put on sale.
READ ALSO: Don’t Throw Too Many Pity Parties – Sim Advises

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Wizkid also during the show paid his last respect to the Off-White designer, Virgil Abloh that passed away yesterday November 28.
READ ALSO: I Wish I Wrote Wizkid’s Hit Song, Essence – Singer Ne-Yo Reveals

Watch live visuals from Wizkid’s O2 Arena show;

 

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