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Tunde Onakoya, the Nigerian chess player and coach who holds the Guinness World Records for the longest marathon chess game, has shared a heartwarming story of his humble beginnings.

In a recent post on his social media handle, Onakoya revealed that his parents, who worked as a cleaner and a bus conductor, were recently gifted a new house by a generous individual.

Onakoya expressed his gratitude for the kind gesture, stating that it was the greatest thing anyone could do for him in his lifetime.

He also shared the challenges his parents faced to provide for the family, including his mother working as a cleaner in the same school he attended to ensure he received an education.

He said: “Someone gifted my parents a new house today.

“It’s the single greatest thing anyone will ever do for me in this lifetime.

“Thank you.

“My mother worked as a cleaner in the same school I attended so I could get an education while my dad worked as a Danfo driver/bus conductor so we could feed and survive.


“My greatest joy in life is to be able to give them both the life they truly deserve.”

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