Queen of Katwe

Ever since Out of Africa ,the movie based on Danish noblewoman Karen Blixen who spent her life running a coffee plantation in Kenya with her love affair with the aristocratic big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton, there has not been any movie that depicts Africa.

However, this weekend as I was chatting with Jerry the developer of my website taking about how visitors that travel to some of the African countries are alleged to be at higher risk, he did share with me a video-link showing a trailer of the movie ‘Queen of Katwe’. I was really thrilled by what I watched. A movie being shot in my own home country’s capital – Kampala; very impressive! This Disney movie, entitled ‘Queen of Katwe,’ is centered on Phiona  Mutesi’s who at around nine years of age back in 2005 attended sports out-reach program within Katwe one of the suburbs of Kampala simply to take one cup of porridge; she found herself attracted in realm of checkmates as well as knights.

This movie will be shown of 9th November following its grand opening this September in the United States in September. The movie features Madina Nalwanga a newcomer film star featured as Mutesi together with Lupita Nyong’o an Oscar-winning actress as her mother, as well as David Oyelowo featuring as Mutesi’s chess-teacher and soccer player who turned into a missionary.

Katwe is situated approximately 2km from the city-center, and its popular as a center of great creativity, hence explaining it name. ‘Katwe’ is a word in the local Luganda language which means – ‘a small head’.

Today, this has become a head of several thing and source of various ideas, hence its creativity that has resulted into the innovation of various goods plus services.

For the first time, I am so impressed by how the media is portraying Uganda in the positive way. There are many various positive stories to be told about Uganda but the country has no microphone of its own on the global stage with which to tell its stories.

Queen of Katwe will be one of the platform for Uganda to show case it’s rich cultural diversity, the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest, the Rwenzoris, Africa’s third highest mountain ranges, as well as Uganda’s wildlife safaris in Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale forest national park and so forth.