Ugandan musician and actor Maurice Kirya is set to feature in the movie “Queen of Katwe” about Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi according to reports.

Maurice Kirya is expected to join Kenyan Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o on the cast according to confidential reports obtained by Kenyan media, The Star.

Ugandan Musician and actor, Maurice Kirya

The “Never been loved before” song hit maker and last king of Scotland actor is expected to fly to South Africa soon, where he will join Lupita (who is already in SA) for a shoot of some of the scenes that he will be appearing in.

Lupita Nyong’o has reportedly cast a number of scenes in Uganda for the movie based on Mutesi’s story which was the inspiration for a book by Tim Crothers, similarly titled, The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster.

Phiona Mutesi, is the first Ugandan and the first East African lady chess player to attain a Women Candidate Master together with her country-mate Ivy Amoko. 

Mutesi grew up in the Ugandan slum of Katwe, where as of 2011 fifty percent of teen girls were mothers; when Mutesi was about three her father died of AIDS and shortly afterwards her older sister Juliet died of an unknown cause. 

When Mutesi was about nine, and had already dropped out of school as her family could not afford to send her, she found a chess program run by the Sports Outreach Institute, which taught her how to play chess. 

In 2010 she played six rounds on Board 2 and one round on Board 1 for Uganda at the 39th World Chess Olympiad scoring 1.5 points from the seven, and as of 2011 she was a three-time Women’s Junior Champion of Uganda.

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Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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