Uganda's Queen of Katwe

November 14 2016

Step aside The Lion King, Jungle Book, and Tarzan, Disney has a new Africa-based film, Queen of Katwe, which premiered in the UK in October.

Directed by Mira Nair and starring Oscar winning Lupita Nyong’o, the film portrays the true-life story of a young girl called Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess phenomenon who lives her life in the slums of Katwe, Kampala and astonishes the nation by becoming a Woman Candidate Master. The film has gained critical acclaim for its African cast, setting, and subject matter.

“Uganda has been my home for 37 years. I’ve been waiting to distil the vibrancy, colour, style and the life of Kampala all this time.” – Mira Nair, 2016.

Uganda is a land gifted by nature and wildlife enthusiasts are afforded a wealth of activities. Be it an iconic encounter with a Mountain Gorilla, hot air ballooning across the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park, or spotting endemic birds in the Albertine Rift, safari goers will leave Uganda satiated by the experiences.

But what of the modern day culture of Uganda?
Kampala is a vibrant and bustling city and visitors are soon charmed by the warmth and welcoming hospitality of its inhabitants; a central part of Ugandan culture. The capital is the inevitable start point for tourists and there are several worthy attractions including the Kasubi Tombs – the burial ground of the Baganda Royal Family, Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine, and the Ndere Cultural Centre where the performing troupe present cultural song and dance. Those seeking to experience nightlife will find this cosmopolitan city has numerous bars and clubs and locals keen to learn of tourist perceptions of their country.

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