Described as one of the few Hollywood movies that cast Africa in a positive light, Queen of Katwe made a strong debut in the Nigerian entertainment industry last Friday.

The Disney movie featuring Lupita Nyong and David Oyelowo, both of African descent, was premiered to select audience comprising 125 pupils from Radiant College, Emmanuel College, Corona Schools, Tenny College and Victorious College.

The premiere was made possible by movie distribution outfit, Blue Pictures, representing Crimson Multimedia in Nigeria.

According to Joy Illibeno, CEO of Blue Pictures, Queen of Katwe is a movie made to portray the many positive things in Africa.

“Queen of Katwe is your typical Slumdog Millionaire story but written and directed by a Ugandan. It emphasises the need for self belief and achieving one’s life goals amidst all odds,” she said.

 Speaking on the necessity of having the students in attendance, Joy said; “we decided to carry along Nigerian college student as the film resonates and speaks largely on the girl child education and education in general. We all know not all children are born with silver spoon in their mouths, but all children have the will power to strive hard and refuse to take a no in life. Queen of Katwe showcases the need to support your children in any sporting activity of their choice as you never can tell as a parent what good fortune may come out of that sport.”

Queen of Katwe started showing in cinemas across Nigeria on Friday.

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Queen of Katwe follows the life of 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) who lives in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. Life is a constant struggle for and her family.

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.