Monday, 30 May 2016

Victoria Kimani to launch new album in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

Kenyan music diva Victoria Kimani is finally ready to show the world what she is made of.

The singer who is signed to Chocolate City will soon unveil he debut album titled Safari.

She revealed this information to Elle South Africa, the singer revealed the title of her soon-to-be-released album as 'Safari', with a release date scheduled for the third quarter of the year.

'My album is called Safari which is Swahili for a journey or to travel. Musically, ascetically, fashion wise and sound wise, they are all in sync with my life experiences through travel,' she said.

'I found myself on Safari. The project literally sums up my life…

'This is my first album ever, and I'm so hyped about it. I needed people to understand the type of artist I am, so I released several singles in several different regions that ended up being hits,' Vicky further disclosed.

According to The Net Nigeria, Victoria also revealed her plans to have the album's launch in three major countries in Africa – Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa – as she seeks to showcase the richness of the continent.

'I will have three album launches in these three countries and possibly a few in between, because that is another way of legitimizing the soul of the record.

'I have always been an advocate for us Africans to take advantage of our continent the way Americans or Europeans take advantage of their space and use it to thrive and become better brands and business people.'

The Worlds Most Beautiful Woman Jets Into Kenya

Reigning Miss World Mireia Lalaguna just jetted into Kenya.

Miss World arrives alongside Julia Morley - Miss World Chairlady, Maria Harfanti - Miss World Asia and Steve Douglas - Miss World Events Director. Also expected in the country is Satish Karla- Chief Operations Officer, Smile Train International. 

The world's fairest-of-them-all will be in Kenya to Smile Train and learn more about the organization’s sustainable model of helping cleft patients in Kenya..

Mireia will also be awarding Idah with Ksh 1.2 million Kenya shillings prize, to benefit Smile Train, for winning in the Beauty with a Purpose Category in 2014. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

The African Queen Hitmaker Will Be In Kenya For This Specific Reason

Nigerian music legend 2Baba (formerly 2Face Idibia) alongside Kenya's sensational Sauti Sol, top comedian Churchill and Tanzania's pop princess Vanessa Mdee are set to thrill Kenyan fans in a night of mind-blowing entertainment as Buckwyld 'n' Breathless: The Disruption African tour concert kicks off with the first stop in Nairobi, Kenya (June 11th, 2016, at Carnivore, Simba Saloon), from 6:00 p.m. till late. Guest performances at the Nairobi concert will include Nigeria's premiere comedy brand Alibaba and Kenyan star comedian: MC Jessy. 

This year, Buckwyld 'n' Breathless: The Disruption brand returns bigger and more audacious as Kenyans have the luxury of getting the first experience. It will be an avenue for "Dynamic, Deep and Salient" connection to the fans from their favourite entertainers all-over Africa.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

P-Unit Is Back With A Sizzling Hot Single, Hold Tight

Decimal Records is thrilled to announce the release of the latest single by Kenyan trio rap group P-Unit - made up of Frasha, Bon Eye and Gabu.

The song, Hold Tight is a thumpy reggae/ragga song about friendship. It stays true to the P-Unit style of music adding a twist of playfulness.

Hold Tight is the first single by the popular rap clique after a short hiatus from the music scene. It is a statement to the fans saying, "We never really left."

"Hold Tight is a feel good Genge reggae tune it's about reassuring the industry that #KikundiSerikali is here to stay amidst all the break-up rumours. I took the time to travel, family time, various business ventures, refresh as a creative and look at things from the outside. Also to work on my solo projects that I will disclose details of soon," Bon Eye said.

"There is a huge gap in terms of production quality, standards and professionalism, these elements are the epitome of P-Unit and Eric Musyoka at Decimal Records," he added.

Eric Musyoka said of the music projects with P-Unit, "We plan to have a single out every two months until December. But look out for the music video for Hold Tight in a months time."

Eric added, "The brief absence on the scene as P-Unit plays well into our strategy and allowed my boys to experiment and push the creative space which they have easily done by releasing bangers that are on heavy rotation."

"The new P-Unit brand as I see it, is more of growth rather than re-branding completely. Our fans have grown, we need to keep growing with them and keeping the HITS and Kenyan street culture that P-Unit continues to be associated with alive. P Unit is here to stay and will always be the bigger brand, strengthened by individuals who make up the trio," Bon Eye continued.

Gabu is fresh off the release of his solo singles while Frasha is currently on a countrywide tour of his debut solo album, Dakitare.

The trio is excited about this new music project.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

This Is How The Comedy Live Events Went Down (Photos)

The second edition of Comedy Live went down on April 30th at Prestige Plaza Ballroom located on Ngong Road.

The show was billed at the funniest night ever with Nigerian comedian Klint Da Drunk as the headlining act. The professor of Comedy was joined on stage by Kenyan funnyman and stand up star Dr. Ofweneke.

Beside comedy, the audiences were entertained by performancesfrom the queen of Afro pop, Dela.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Kenyan Actor Makes The Top Three List For BET Reality Show Finale

Kenya's Alex Khayo is among the three finalists for BET's dramatic reality contest "Top Actor Africa", making him the first Kenyan actor to make it to the top 3. He will be competing against Jesse Suntele and Shamilla Miller, both from South Africa for the grand prize that includes the coveted title of Top Actor Africa, $10,000 (Ksh 1,000,000), international representation and access to Hollywood auditions. 


Khayo, an actor and a commercial model has experience both in TV and Theatre and has featured in several TV commercials as well as other roles in TV programmes.


Top Actor Africa selected 12 actors to participate in the reality show in November last year and has been testing them in nine grueling acting challenges, taking them through every genre from Improv to Comedy, Theatre, Soapie, Commercial, Romance, Horror, Drama and Action. Those who made it for the challenge are 7 South Africans, 3 Nigerians and 2 Kenyans.


"Top Actor Africa" airs on BET (DStv channel 129) every Tuesday night at 19:30 EAT.


In this week's show, the last 4 contestants were tasked with "Romantic Period Piece"; joined by actor/celebrity Erica Ash (Real Husbands of Hollywood and"Survivor Remorse"), the actors embarked on the hardest challenge to date. While JesseShamilla andAlex rose to the challenge and emotional Tobechi Nneji (Nigeria) failed to make the cut, took her final curtain call on the show.


As they approach the final hurdle, the 3 finalists will be tasked with their final challenge, "Action Movie", in which they will have to pull out all the stops to convince the judges that they deserve the Top Actor Africa crown.


"Finally my art has been internationally recognised, making it to top 3 is as good as a win, now more than ever it all makes sense that hard-work and prayers truly work. I see this as an opportunity to showcase my acting ability, having tackled every single genre in acting, I can literally walk onto a set and confidently put up a performance of a lifetime," said Alex.


Commented Jesse, "I feel really excited and blessed to have made it this far. At first I was simply overjoyed by the fact that I made it to the top 12! Winning the entire competition was still just a dim idea I had in the back of my mind. I just thought the show would be a great platform to learn how to become a better actor and to expose my talent to the world."


Concluded Shamilla, "I am so grateful to be part of this programme and making it to top 3 has built my confidence in the craft. As an aspiring actress this platform will enable and open great opportunities in the industry. The experience in Top Actor Africa is incredibly challenging but so great and I have learnt so much in this short time."


With just a few weeks remaining until the winner is announced, BET viewers will be able to vote for their favourite Top Actor by visiting from tomorrow, Wednesday 4 May to Tuesday 10 May.  The winner will be revealed on Tuesday 24 May at 20:30 EAT.

You Will Get Teary When You Read This Special Message From Mercy Myra's Family To The Diva

Singer Mercy Myra recently signed a recording deal with Atlanta based label, Nu Royal Records.

This comes after her divorce from hubby Attitude. Her family seems to support her dream of pursuing music despite her tumultuous personal life.

The family, sent Mercy a photo where they are holding a placard written, "Give yourself permission to dream again."

She posted the photo on her Instagram and wrote:

I am soooo greatfully blessed humbled and forever honoured to have and to come from a family that has forever had my back and supported my endeavours. My maternal left to right..grandmother #JennifferOloo my uncle#GeorgeOloo and my other grandmother#danaJoyce(my grandmothers best friend and sybling).jumped on the band wagon and sent love to all that give genuine love.. Blessings blessings blessings galore.
#NuRoyalGroup #NuRoyalRecords #NightOfDreams@luminshine @coachherman @lavierabydesign 

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Frasha Launches Debut Solo Album

Genge rapper Frasha unveiled his new solo album, Dakitare at an Intimate affair attended by music industry stakeholders and members of the fourth estate.

Frasha - real name Francis Amisi -  Performed singles off his album backed by a live band at Louis Leakey Auditorium, Museum Hill.

"This album is my musical offering to fans as a solo act," Frasha said, "Dakitare is a way of saying, I'm here to remedy all that ails the music industry."

The P Unit star was joined on stage by a number of artiste like fellow clique-mate Bon Eye, Timmy Dat, King Kaka and Rap Damu among others.

Frasha also took a moment to pay tribute to the late Congolese music legend Papa Wemba.
He performed Rail On saying "Papa Wemba was a great African star who will truly be missed."

The Dandia hitmaker also held a live auction of his album. To open up the bid, Bon Eye bought the first CD at Sh 5,000. This was followed by Big Ted and Mongolo also buying the album at the same amount.

Nacada Director and rapper Jaguar bought the album at Sh 10,000. Making him the highest bidder of the night.

Frasha will begin activations accross the country by hosting campus tours for the Dakitare album.

For more information contact
Grace Kerongo
Hot Secrets PR

Friday, 29 April 2016

Jua Cali, Chipukeezy, Dazlah and MEG C Set To Perform At KEDIA (Kenyan Diaspora Awards - Dubai Chapter)

Kenyans in Dubai are set to soon crown their own Miss Kenya Dubai at an exclusive red carpet event , Kenya Diaspora (KEDIA) Awards on May 6th at the Spree Club, Royal Ascot Hotel, in Dubai's Burdubai area.

The event will see Kenyans working in that side of the Middle East acknowledge individuals and companies that have had an impact in their lives at the diaspora.

The event organized by Dubai based event Management Company, Global Links FZE will see top Kenyan Artistes in music and comedy grace the stage.

The King of Genge , Jua Cali is set to showcase while comedy fans will have the pleasure of watching comedian Chipukeezy live in action. Chipukeezy is back to Dubai due to great public demand after a very well attended concert late last year. 

"I love my diaspora fans, I am honored to perform there. Kenyans in Dubai have always been supportive of my work and i will take this as an opportunity to give back to them with a great performance" says Jua Cali, whose last performance in 2014 drew a full house crowd.

Dazlah, the top Mombasa based artiste is having his first shot at Dubai and promises to give his UAE fans a show of the year.

Categories set to feature at the event include , Company of the Year Award which will recognize the company that has contributed the most in improving the welfare of Kenyans in the UAE. Organizations nominated in this category include Banks, Cargo and Logistics companies, Airline, Money Transfer and Real Estate companies.

The Personality of the Year Award will go to a Kenyan individual who has done the most to assist Kenyans in the Diaspora while the Dubai based company that has been the best employer for Kenyans will scoop Employer of the Year Award.

"Voting started in February 2016 and so far over 15,000 Kenyans have taken part in the exercise. Our aim is to bring together Kenyans living in the UAE and help build Nationalism and Patriotism by recognising the efforts of each Kenyan in the Diaspora. Dubai is just the beginning, and next year we will announce where the next Chapter will be held. " says Gladys Koech, the Event Coordinator, Global Links FZE.

The event, a brainchild of Augustus Muli who is the CEO of Global Links FZE will also feature a pageant that will see Miss and Mr Kenya Dubai crowned, both of whom will be voted for by judges.

Prizes have been donated by major Real Estate companies in Kenya including Optiven Ltd and Ndatani Real Estate company who are the key sponsors of the event.

UK actress Liz Harley on holiday in Kenya (Photos)

Award winning UK actress is in Kenya on holiday and to attend the ongoing summit on wildlife conservation.

However, Elizabeth Hurley gave her fans another shot of some wild behaviour as she posted a sexy selfie in her bra.

Following a day on the plains, the mother-of-one, 50, stripped down to pink lingerie as she toasted herself by a fire.

The Royals star captioned her image: 'Roaring fire in my bedroom and roaring lions outside @spaceforgiants #kenya @lewa_wildlife.'

The actress arrived in Kenya on Tuesday and has been visiting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

On Wednesday, she was thrilled to get up close to a baby rhino, capturing the moment on her Instagram.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Eric Omondi Among The Top African Comedians For Comedy Festival

Kenya's funniest man will be joining his counterparts in the continent for the biggest comedy festival.

The gig is taunted as the biggest ever laugh fest in Africa.

Set to be hosted in Copper Box Arena, the event is set for June, this year.

Eric Omondi will be joining popular African stand-up comedians for the major Pan African gig that is on it's eighth year.

Dubbed the African Comedy Festival, it will feature 11 top international comics from across the continent.

The line-up features acts including South African actress and comedian Tumi Morake and Nigerian comic known simply as Gordons among other talented performers.

Check Out The Second Webisode Of This Reality Show By This Kenyan Celeb Couple

Monday's won't be the same again and the Konstantaras are responsible for that!

After releasing the first webisode of their show "Meet the Konstantaras" today they released webisode no2!

In this episode the language challenges continue!

Lizz speaks swahili with the gardener and Alex gets frustrated!

Will the Kenyan "hakuna matata" mentality tame the Mediterranean beach lion?

Find out below...

If you missed the first episode, check it out as well.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

King Kaka Just Signed A Deal With Zetech University. Here Are The Details

In a press briefing on Thursday 14th April 2016 at Zetech University, Kaka Empire signed an MOU with Zetech University.

The MOU seeks to solidify the partnership between Zetech University and Kaka Empire and provide the youth with skills and training in entrepreneurship, talent development, mentorship and opportunities to enhance the society through community initiated activities.

The two brands are keen on empowering the university’s students with the necessary skills and mindset to enable them channel their energy towards using their talents to generate income.

Speaking at the signing ceremony that took place at the varsity’s Thika Road Campus, Prof. Edwin Wamukoya said, “As an institution we are honored that we get to ensure the holistic development of an individual in the education system. No one is an ivory tower. You have to work with others to get ahead and we are happy that we get to partner with Kaka Empire who have proven to be pacesetters in their field.”

Dennis K. Njenga, Kaka Empire Business Manager said, “We are happy to partner with a great university like Zetech whose main aim is to nurture the students beyond the classroom.”

“Music is the business. Any opportunity I get to inspire and motivate young people to better reach their potential makes me feel I have achieved beyond my music,” said King Kaka.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

President Uhuru's Niece Releases New Single About Secret Love. Is She Singing About A Sauti Sol Member? (Details)

Kenyan songstress Kavi Pratt has released her new single and video, Only Lover
Flaunting her sultry vocals, the funky R&B and house song is produced by Jaaz Odongo (of Motion Image and Sound), and the video directed by Mbithi Masya - Of Just A Band. 

Kavi says, "I feel really great about this video, it's quirky and different just like me. I think it's really hilarious as well and I was really relaxed and comfortable working with my creative team," adding, "We came up with the concept for ONLY LOVER together with Mbithi and he did a fantastic job bringing the vision to light. As of the song itself, Jaaz is always great to work with always he's so professional and creative."

The singer who has been linked to Sauti Sol's Delvin Mudigi described the song.
"ONLY LOVER is about what we all go through and secretly do when we are completely into someone. Things like checking their social media just to see what they are doing and sometimes freaking out when you accidentally double tap on a photo," Kavi says.

This is Kavi's first self–styled video. In the video, the actor K1 plays her love interest. "He was so on point with his performance. I love his facial expressions. He made it all come together," Kavi says. The video's cinematography and colouring was by Joan Poggio. The music video is a prefect show for the beauty of magical Kenya.

Check out hot new video

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Is Chris Brown Headed To Kenya? (UPDATE)

Word on the street is that singer Chris Brown is headed to Kenya for a concert.

According to a promo advert that has been making rounds online, the RnB megastar will be performing in one of the big towns...soon.

The events company bringing the star only identifies itself as EXP Entertainment.

Apparently, he will be brought by some bigwig.

Chris Brown's concert will be a VIP affair and the gate charges are Sh20,000 for VIP tickets and gallery tickets are Sh10,000.

He will be in the country on August 27, 2016.

The venue will be in Mombasa.

Kenyan Actress Based In US Weds Naija Hunk (Photos And Video)

Kenyan actress based in the US, Clarice Otieno known for her role in numerous movies said , "I do" to Nigerian fiance Obi Esimai.

The intimate ceremony was held in the Household of Faith church, while the reception was in LaQuinta hotel, Arlington.

Check out the beautiful video from their wedding...too cute

The blend of cultures was beautiful, the very "sexy" bride slayed in her sequined ball gown and her boo was also smashing in his tailored fit suit.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Women in Music Concert Series Has An Interesting Line Up

Women in Music Forum (WIMF Kenya) is back with their Women In Music Series.

Set for this weekend, the concert will be hosted is at the Goethe Insitutut from 7pm with performances by Mishel Muriuki, Prisca Ojwang' and Maia Von Lekow.

Tickets at Ksh. 500 available at the door.

You Won't Believe This!!!! DJ Pierra Is Put To Task On A New TV Show

The deliciously pregnant DJ Pierra has been featured on a new TV show.

This, you have to watch.

Oh, you also get to see her baby bump in various camera angles...if that is your thing.

Watch the very pregnant and gorgeous DJ Pierra Makena's FitReu...
Happy Birthday Pierra Mckenna We gave the very pregnant and gorgeous DJ Pierra, a workout challenge and she aced it. Here's how you can keep fit even when pregnant! #FitRepublic #Fitness
Posted by FitRepublic.Ke on Monday, April 11, 2016

Kenya's First Reality TV Show Is Online. This Celeb Couple Is Crazy

After giving birth to a lovely baby boy whom they named Georgios Apolo, the Konstantaras have another surprise for us. Lizz and Alex decided to put part of their older reality show "Meet the Konstantaras" on line on YouTube!
In snappy webisodes their fans will have the chance to get the glimpse of the reality show that was named "the first east African reality show".

Here is a gentle reminder of the trailer:

"The celebrated Film and TV couple Alex and Lizz Njagah Konstantaras have charmed their way into the hearts of pan African audiences with their diverse film roles; Lizz for her beauty and easy charm and Alex for his quick wit.
Now, away from the lights and cameras of the show biz world, "Meet the Konstantaras' " follows this power couple as they settle into married bliss and balance their hectic careers with married life.
Take a peek into the lives of Alex and Lizz Njagah Konstantaras!"
Every Monday the couple will release one webisode on their Historia Films youtube channel, starting today with the first one:

In this first episode we see Lizz and Alex in their house talking about the language challenges that they face in their marriage. Enjoy!

Sauti Sol Pick A Fight With Poacher ( Intimate Details Revealed)

Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol have taken it upon themselves to save our country's heritage.

In the latest career move, the four band members were announced as Giants Club ambassadors, and called on all young Africans to join the struggle to protect the continent's most endangered animals.

They will be joined by international celebrities at the inaugural Giants Club Summit, which is being hosted by the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, on April 29 and 30.

Savara Mudigi, Sauti Sol's vocalist and percussionist, told UK paper The Independent, "We have to spread the word. We need to spread this initiative."

Heads of State from across Africa are being invited to the Giants Club event, where they will be joined by corporate leaders, philanthropists and conservationists, to agree on solutions to combat the illegal ivory trade.

Environment Secretary Judi Wakhungu praised Sauti Sol's involvement. "They are the best boy group in Africa," she said. "The fact the government is including opinion formers and celebrities at an event like this is very important. Their music always conveys very strong lessons - Sauti Sol joining us in talking about the importance of biodiversity, and the importance of protecting our natural wildlife, is so key in getting the message across, especially to young people."

Another Nelson Mandela Bio Pic? Here Are The Full Details...

A six-part US miniseries based on the life and times of Nelson Mandela is set to film in part on Robben Island, where South Africa's first democratically elected president was imprisoned for 18 years.

The miniseries, starring Laurence Fishburne as Mandela, has been adapted from the books Conversations with Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself.

Other than filming on Robben Island, scenes will be shot in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Fishburne will be joined by US actor and comedian Orlando Jones as Oliver Tambo, president of the ANC from 1967 to 1991.

Time For A Healing Hug. Get Ready Hugging Saint Headed For Nairobi

A leading Hindu spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, will be in the country for three days.

Mata Amritanandamayi who popularly known as Amma or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion, will be in Kenya between April 16 and 19. She will host free public programmes at the Oshwal Community Centre in Nairobi on the April 17 and 18.

 She is set to visit the Amrita Centre- a children's educational and orphanage facility run by her charitable trust

This Is What Is Taking Sauti Sol Hunks To Nakuru

Multiple award-winning group: Sauti Sol have embarked on the Live and Die in Afrika Tour - Kenya's biggest traveling music tour, that kicked off in Nairobi this February in the launch of their third album: Live and Die in Afrika.

On April 16th, the tour will pitch tent in a massive Nakuru concert that will be held at the Nakuru Sports Ground. This is set to be the biggest concert Nakuru music fans have experienced in the recent past. Alongside Sauti Sol's 8-man band and a set of dancers and other acts, expect a world-class show and an experience to remember and share.

"We are super excited to be in Nakuru for our Live and Die in Afrika tour. We haven't had a proper concert in Nakuru mainly because our catalogue wasn't big but right now we have the ammunition to rock Nakuru. We promise that this will be as thrilling as it could get. Grab all your friends and fans of Sauti Sol and come watch us deliver a world-class performance in your hometown," says Sauti Sol's official statement.

Kenya's illest hype man DNG will be the Mcee of the Nakuru concert. From amazing stage set up, DJs, surprises, choreography to electric performances and opening acts; this is the ultimate Valentine's plot for all lovers, friends and Sauti Sol fans. Catch daily updates on the #LiveandDieinAfrika Concert event on the new KISS 100, Nakuru's Heros Radio and NTV Kenya.


Proud Sponsors and partners of the #LiveandDieinAfrika Concert Launch and countrywide tour include NTV, Kabras Sugar, Top Fry, Chrome Vodka, Homeboyz Limited, Expose, Radar, KISS FM, Protel, Hero Radio and Sauti Sol Entertainment.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

American Stand Up Comedian To Host Charity Dinner For Kenyan Orphans

American stand up comedian Michael Jr. who is known for his side-splitting comedy routines and most recently for his role in the movie, War Room, will be hosting a charity dinner for Kenyan orphans.
Michael Jr. has made television appearances on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tom Joyner Show, CNN and Comedy TV.
On Thursday, April 28th 2016, Michael Jr. is teaming up with Open Arms International to bring "Kenya – Deep in the Heart of Texas," a fundraising event to raise awareness and funds for orphaned children in Kenya.
Open Arms International provides relief from physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering through medical expertise, education, and Christian ministry. Open Arms Village is home to over 130 orphaned and endangered children. The Village is also the base out of which they operate several other programs such as: Open Arms Academy, providing children a quality education; Kambi Teso Feeding Program, where 300-500 children receive a hot meal five days a week; a preschool and a woman's mentoring program. They also host medical clinics throughout the year, offering much-needed health care to the community. Open Arms believes that they are helping to raise future leaders who will positively influence Kenya and transform Africa, one life at a time.
The invite reads:
Join us for an evening of laughter with nationally known comedian and actor from the movie "War Room", Michael Jr., as we share about our mission to rescue orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya and give them hope! 
Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
1800 HWY 26 East
Grapevine, TX 76051
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Reception: 5:30 pm
Dinner and Show: 6:30 pm

Lupita's Ugandan Movie Has An Official Release Date (Details)

Walt Disney Studios has given an official release date for The Queen of Katwe, which features Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong'o.
Disney currently slates The Queen of Katwe for an awards-friendly September 23 limited release, with an expansion planned for the following weekend. The film is based on a book of the same name by Tim Crothers.
The Queen of Katwe tells the story of a young girl, Phiona Mutesi, who rises from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, to achieve the title of Woman Candidate Master at the 40th Chess Olympiad in 2012. Nyong'o will play Mutesi's mother in the film, which was directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon WeddingHysterical Blindness) and costars David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga.
"This is a story about the commitment to a dream even in the most discouraging of situations. The slum of Katwe is a very difficult place to live, but you see these people living there with dignity and making it day by day," Nyong'o told the 2015 D23 Expo audience about shooting on location in Uganda. "…To go there and to have that environment to work from really did sober us and enliven us."