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