Uganda

  • Queen of Katwe actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15

    Nikita Pearl Waligwa who played as Gloria in the Disney movie, “Queen of Katwe” has died. The Ugandan media has reported the death The 15-year old who gained international acclaim for her role in the movie. The cause of death given was a recurrent brain tumor. Nikita was first diagnosed…

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  • 12th All-Africa Games: Individual Rapid – Day 4

    Egypt Double Gold in Rapids! In individual rapid event at #AfricanGames2019 OpenGM Ahmed Adly Egypt ?? GOLD ?GM Bassem Amin Egypt ?? SILVER ?FM Harold Wanyama Uganda ?? BRONZE ? WomenWGM Shrook Wafa Egypt ?? GOLD ?WFM Lorita Mwango Zambia ?? SILVER ?WIM Sabrina Letreche Algeria ?? BRONZE ? pic.twitter.com/raxfHom1SO…

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  • Uganda’s Mbaziira’s chess ability overcomes disability

    Sharif Waswa Mbaziira beams during the 2018 World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Photo by Dora Martinez Chess is seen as a rather quiet game, but its beauty attracts millions of adherents far and wide. The game has traversed the entire globe as an…

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  • Phiona Mutesi reflects on life after “Queen of Katwe”

    About 14 years ago, a little girl in Katwe, Uganda followed her older brother who was increasingly occupied with an activity after school. After seeing him disappear inside of a building, she wandered inside and found the Sports Outreach Institute, a sports club where there was a chess club meeting…

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  • Where are they now? Jessica Wamala

    Jessica Wamala Hometown: Milford, New Hampshire Education: B.A. Villanova University (2013), M.A. Villanova (2014), MPhil Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford (2016) Peak Chess Rating: 1790 (USCF) Chess Accolades: Massachusetts Junior High co-champ, U.S. Open “C” champion Activities: Phi Beta Kappa (honor society), Rhodes Scholar, Villanova varsity women’s basketball, Delta…

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  • Queen of Katwe adjusting to College Life

    Five years ago, a book was released titled, “Queen of Katwe.” The book, written by Tim Crothers, received rave reviews. It highlighted the life of a 9-year old Ugandan girl who became enthralled with chess after following her brother to a club meeting. For others it would become a way…

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  • FM Harold Wanyama of Uganda retires

    FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)Photo by Kim Bhari In a story out of Uganda, FM Harold Wanyama has retired from competitive chess after a 10-year stint that included appearances on the Olympiad team, national tournament prominence and stellar play in the club leagues. He mentioned as part of his highlights his…

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  • Queen of Katwe: A Chess Review

    At the 42nd Olympiad last month 1,583 players from around the world assembled in Baku, Azerbaijan to compete in the marquee tournament of they year. Players donned their colors and beautiful cultural garments bringing with them the history and pride of their chess communities. At the Olympiad there are so…

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  • Baku 2016: The Africans are Coming!

    Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America.…

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  • 2016 African Individual Championships (Kampala, Uganda)

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