This month, Coach Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi were invited by the USA Ambassador to start a Chess program in the US Embassy Information Resource Center. Coach Robert picked six children from the program to escort him and they were all able to enter the US Embassy and meet with the Ambassador.
Coach Robert and Phiona presented at the meeting and they presented the Ambassador with an autographed copy of the Queen of Katwe. The ambassador was very thankful to receive a copy of the book and he said he shall treasure that copy as one of the special items in his home! The students to attend, applied via internet and among them was a lecturer from Makerere University. The speaker was very thankful for the event and inspired enough to promise to mobilize other lecturers and some of her students to come and attend the sessions since they are once every month. It was an amazing experience for everyone and just another way to demonstrate how chess is changing lives one move at a time!
Queen of Katwe Movie News!
The filming has wrapped in Kampala and they have moved to South Africa. With the move to South Africa also went six chess players from the Kampala Chess program who have never been outside of Uganda. This is an amazing opportunity and experience for these children and we are incredibly thankful for the movie director, Mira Nair who is striving to show the real people of Uganda.
The Observer also published an article that featured David Oyelowo, who is playing Robert Katende and he speaks a little bit about the importance of this movie and telling the story if we ever want things to change. Read the article here!
This summer has been a busy one already and we really have just begun! Can’t wait to see what else is to come!