After emerging the overall champion in a chess contest organised by Chess in slums Africa, Adeoye Fawaz said he would like to become a lawyer to fulfil his childhood dream.
The 18-year-old bus conductor turned chess winner disclosed this during a recent interview with Quest Times correspondent.
When asked what he would like to become if given the opportunity to further his education, Fawaz joyfully said; “I would like to become a lawyer. I really like the profession because, I always like when people come to meet me to settle disputes for them.
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“I would like to study law to have deep understanding of the profession if I can get a sponsor,” he said.
He also advised his colleagues to take their game lessons very seriously and be focused on what they are being taught.
“I would like them (chess students) to be serious with this game and not just take it for granted because of the food they get while learning.
“They should be diligent and passionate about it,” Fawaz told Quest Times.
From bus conductor to chess champion
Chess in Slums Africa is a non-profit organisation known for using chess as a framework to promote education and raise champions from low communities otherwise known as slums.
The group last December organised chess training for “51 homeless children” living under the bridge in Oshodi, a hustling and bustling area of Lagos.
During the training, the team took the children through the rudiments of chess as well as mental maths where they were given several puzzles to solve.
The exercise ended with a contest organised to test the participants’ knowledge of what they were taught during the training session.
In a Twitter thread, Tunde Onakoya, founder of the organisation, said Fawaz emerged as the overall champion in both chess and mental maths.
Onakoya also narrated how he and his team saw Fawaz about a month ago under the bridge and then enlisted the teenager for the training.
This was how the 18-year-old bus conductor became a celebrity chess champion after taking a decision that changed his destiny.