“Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the inspiring true story of Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi. Phiona was a young girl living in the slums of Katwe, Uganda. One day she stumbles upon Katende and a group of children playing chess in a makeshift church. Through the guidance of Katende and the game of chess, Phiona is encouraged to believe in herself. Eventually, she finds herself not only competing in local chess matches, but winning in international competitions. Robert and Phiona’s story celebrates the notion that champions can come from the most unlikely places.”
“Queen Of Katwe” was an Unlikely Champion, below is a story about my daughter and her journey to being a champion.
Life for my middle child has not been easy. It all started even before she was born. I had to be on bed rest for 6 months to keep her safe and healthy inside me. She was born premature and struggled to thrive. At age of 3 she started to get very sick, her body was showing signs that something wasn’t right. Her hair was stringy and not very thick, it also didn’t shine, her eyes had lost its sparkle, she’d gotten so thin And her skin was pasty. 4 years later and 3.5 years after diagnosis with t1d, she’s a whole new person. Her hair is so healthy, shiny, thick and long. Her eyes have their sparkle back. And her skin a healthy glow. Some people have told us that she won’t be able to to a normal kid. That she won’t get to be as active as other kids. Well, those people are wrong. This girl LOVES to be active. One of her favorite activities is dancing. Last year Maggie and her sister got to compete in their first year of dance. Maggie shined on stage and her team did very well for their first year. Maggie had a few bumps a long the road but her overcomes them, she’s a unlikely champion in my books. I look forward to her growing and overcoming more and more. She’s showing people that with T1D she can do anything.
Please see this the heartwarming featurette below from Academy-Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Academy Nominee David Oyelowo. QUEEN OF KATWE releases in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 30.