Nigerian music is finally getting the international recognition it deserves, and this time it has made its way to the big screen.

We were waiting for Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ to drop, when we heard Davido’s ‘Skelewu’ and Mc Galaxy’s ‘Sekem are on the sound track list.

Davido revealed his excitement on his Snapchat saying, “Never thought I’d hear Skelewu in a Disney movie. Amazing.”

Directed by Mira Nair, ‘Queen of Katwe’ stars Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nawlanga. It tells the true story of Phiona, a female Chess Champion from the slums of Uganda. Despite a poor and hard background, Phiona beats all odds and goes on perform at World Chess Olympiads.

Disney’s move to tell a success story that is purely African is really commendable. Hopefully, this will start a positive trend in Hollywood and the international film scene.

‘Queen of Katwe’ which debuted at the recent Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF), features a largely African cast; now we have several reasons to look forward to its official release on September 23.


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