From the slums of Katwe, Uganda, to becoming African chess champion, that’s the story of Phiona Mutesi , the subject behind the inspiring Disney story ‘Queen of Katwe’.
The 20-year old tells BBC Africa how she dropped out of school early but started playing chess aged nine, becoming a grandmaster.
The movie Queen of Katwe is the first movie Disney has shot in Africa, it stars Oscar winner Lupita Ny’ongo and British-born Nigerian actor David Oyelowo. She tells BBC Africa she hopes her life story will inspire others.
You can watch her brief interview on BBC here and the trailer for the movie above.