A couple of years back, a very important book was released about a girl from a poor African village. Her name was “Phiona”… from one of the poorest continents, poorest countries, poorest city and… a girl. It was a gripping story which showed how difficult life can be for some in African villages.
Phiona’s life was characterized in “The Queen of Katwe” a book that received high acclaim and afforded her the opportunity to travel the world and tell her captivating story. Her biopic will be produced into a movie with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o playing the lead. The mentor who discovered her was named “Robert”.
Robert Katende (left) in Katwe, Uganda, with Phiona Mutesi.
Photo by David Johnson, Silentimages.org.
In fact Robert had a similar background and was orphaned early. His outlet was soccer and he remember the lessons that he learned from his boyhood and decided to start a similar program with chess. A short video produced by Mira Nair tells the story of Robert Katende.
The beauty is that these stories are not about chess as much as they are about finding an outlet to realize one’s potential. Similar stories have been told by professional athletes in many sports. However, this video gives us just enough to realize how precious of a lesson it brings.