Oprah To Host Ugandan Teenager

viagra dosage geneva;”>Mutesi and her guardian Robert Katende are guest speakers at the 2013 Women in the World Summit: “Stories and Solutions” in New York.

nurse geneva;”>

Mutesi who grew up in the Ugandan slum of Katwe has made world headlines since she became the youngest person ever to win the African chess championship.

In 2006, former Gender Minister Zoe Bakoko Bakoru became the first Ugandan to feature on the world famous now gone Oprah Winfrey Show where she told her life story and how she struggled to serve the less privileged with compassion. The following year, the story of northern Uganda also featured on the show.

Phiona Mutesi

Unlike Phiona’s case, Bakoru and the northern Uganda stories were pre-recorded sessions that played on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show’s journalist Lisa Ling shot them in Uganda.


According to Augustine Lwanga, the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) treasurer, Mutesi’s success has motivated a new class of strong female chess players in Uganda adding that many young players are working hard to emulate her success on the global scene.

Mutesi began playing when she was 9 years old. She has represented Uganda twice at the World Chess Olympiad in Russia and Turkey becoming the youngest Ugandan player to represent her nation at this world chess meet.

She is 17 years old and is the national junior chess champion. Last year she defied the odds and beat boys to become the first junior chess champion in a competition that was meant to be for boys.

Phiona realised her dream when she played former World Chess champion Garry Kasparov of Russia at the Women in World Summit in New York yesterday afternoon.

According to the Daily Beast it stated after some small talk, Kasparov and Mutesi got down to the match in which she later recognized the vulnerability of her position after a few and offered her hand in resignation.

She is scheduled to meet American billionaire Bill Gates sometime this month — a meeting that could also define the future of chess in Uganda.

Back to top button
Translate »

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker