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Lupita skips Kenya as she starts shooting new movie in Uganda

Oscar award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o skipped her home Kenya and flew straight to Uganda for the start of production for the film “Queen of Katwe” .

The Hollywood star, born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, jetted into neighbouring Uganda a few days ago for her first job in East Africa since taking the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “12 Years a Slave“.

“I’m loving the food, I’m loving the people, I’m loving the style,” she said ahead of the start of production for the film “Queen of Katwe”.

“I don’t feel like leaving. People just have an innate style, so I’m taking notes. And I’m really loving working on this film.”

The Disney production, directed by Mira Nair, is a biopic looking at chess coach Robert Katende and his star pupil Phiona Mutesi, who grew up in Kampala’s Katwe slum