Kenyan Actress and Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’o, famously known for her role in 12 years a slave and Star Wars: The force awakens, is the star in a new movie titled Queen of Katwe.
The film starring award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongo is a biological drama about a Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi.
Based on the novel, “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster” by author Tim Crothers, the Disney film explores the story on Ugandan chess mastermind Phiona Mutesi
Phiona is a young lady who grew up in the slums of Uganda. At the age of nine, Phiona joined a chess program run by the sports outreach institute as she could no longer attend school due to fees.
Having never heard of chess, Phiona is said to have overcome challenges through playing this skillful game and in 2010, Phiona was selected to represent Africa at the World Chess Olympiad in Russia. Phiona is now a chess champion competing internationally.
American channel Disney has released the first image for the film, Queen of Katwe where Lupita plays the role of Phiona’s mother and young aspiring actress Madina Nalwanga stars as the prodigy
The movie which has largely been shot in Uganda has been directed by Mira Nair an Indian filmmaker based in the United States and the film due to be released later in the year.