Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o is in neighbouring Uganda to shoot a movie – ‘Queen of Katwe’ – which chronicles the life of Uganda’s chess star Phiona Mutesi.
After happening upon chess as a famished nine-year-old, Phiona, now 18, quickly developed a talent for the game and became a national champion, going on to participate in international Olympiads and becoming a Woman Candidate Master (WCM).
Nyong’o is portraying Phiona’s mother, Harriet Mutesi, in the highest profile film project to come to Uganda since the 2006 movie “The Last King of Scotland” about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, which garnered an Oscar for Forest Whitaker in the title role.
The film is being directed by Indian Film maker Mira Nair.
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