After Larry Madowo posted a photo of Lupita Nong’o meeting Raila Odinga on his page, everyone’s tongue was on fire. The amount of tongue wagging would put a dog’s tail to shame. But as we know it any Lupita news is big news.
The Oscar winning actress is in Uganda for the premiere of the Hollywood film shot in the country titled, Queen Of Katwe.
The Disney film follows the life of Phiona Mutesi who lives in a slum called Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. The 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family live is constant struggle.
Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance.
Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.
The high profile event was attended by the entire cast of the movie that includes David Oyelowo Robert Katende, Martin Kabanza, Madina Nalwanga (Phiona), director Mira Nair, and Phiona Mutesi – whose story is told in the Disney produced film.
Also in attendance was Kenyan official opposition leader, Raila Odinga and Lupita’s dad, Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Ugandan royalty, Her Royal Highness Queen Sylvia Nagginda of Buganda also attended première and had a red carpet photo opportunity with the queen of the red carpet herself, Lupita.
Check out the phots from Saturday’s première.