Drum chats with Hip Hop Chess Fed

Adisa Banjoko’s Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) has received a lot of notoriety of late after having celebrated the organization’s fifth anniversary. The HHCF graced the cover of the February 2012 edition of Chess Life and the subject of a lengthy article.

Chess Life (February 2012)

The Chess Drum has written more articles about the HHCF than any organization, but had never conducted a comprehensive interview. Finally, Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum was able to conduct a 30-minute Skype interview with Banjoko to get an idea of the HHCF’s evolution, some of its programs and future plans.

It was a compelling interview and covered some very interesting topics including the HHCF philosophy of using three art forms as a metaphors.

What we are trying to do is use these arts to help children find themselves and then help them develop life strategies to actualize the highest essence of who they want to be after they discover their true self.

The interview showed the passion of Banjoko and he hopes to expand the vision of the organization and make a greater impact on an national and international scale. Enjoy!

Listen to interview with Adisa Banjoko!

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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