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Governor Sanwo-olu plays chess with 10 year-old Autistic Chess champion

Mosunmola Ore


The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu fulfilled his promise of inviting Chess Champion, Ferdinand Maumo from Makoko, Yaba to a game at the Lagos House Marina. Both player ended the game with a stalemate.

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On Children’s Day, I accepted a challenge from 10 years old Chess prodigy, Ferdinand Maumo. Today, we decided to sit down and duel it out. Even if I do say so myself, I’m a pretty decent Chess player but after an intense encounter, Ferdinand proved a hard nut to crack and we reached a stalemate,” the Governor said.

Sanwo-Olu said Ferdinand’s story is not just about his dexterity as a chess master but that of the resilience of the human spirit to thrive against all odds.


Ferdinand is a young autistic boy who has found the strength to rise above his challenges.

“I am inspired by Ferdinand. I strongly believe his mastery of the game of chess will continue to be a catalyst for greater success ahead of him, he said.

He noted that his government is working very hard to support every child with special needs and committed to ensuring that no segment of the society is left behind.

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