Have you seen the movie trailer for “Queen of Katwe”? It stars Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo.
I was invited by Disney to attend the red carpet premiere and interview the cast, but unfortunately, I had a schedule conflict. It was difficult for me to turn down the opportunity and even more painful when I saw pictures online of the cast being so down to earth.
Those two have always been on my bucket list of people to hang with. I mean David is not only easy on the eye, but he’s super talented. I have been a fan of his since he played Dr. Junju in The Last King of Scotland. Plus he’s British-Nigerian which automatically makes him bae.
In my book, little sis Lupita can do no wrong. She has been on my radar since Shuga, and I was beyond proud when the world saw her flourish in 12 Years a Slave.
“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
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I grew up playing chess, recreationally of course. I was never good enough to play professionally. However, I was part of my high school chess club, and we often had mini-competition amongst ourselves – think Bobby Fischer without the prodigy aspect.
This is why Queen of Katwe caught my attention. It’s about a sport I enjoy, and the movie gives you a glimpse into the life of the people who play it, where they come from, and what the sport means to them.
“Queen of Katwe” comes out everywhere this Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.
By the way, if you enjoy Afro-beat music, then you’ve to pick up Queen of Katwe’s soundtrack – it features a few African artists like Davido, Afrigo Band, MC Galaxy, Eddy Kenzo, Bobbi Win and Young Cardamom.