We learn many lessons from Phiona Mutedis's story.We learn to exploit any given opportunity.
More to learn from Phiona Mutesi’s story.
Uganda is among the poorest countries in the whole world, having very many slum areas. People who do not afford staying in descent places opt for staying in slums. These people, each of them have different reasons for doing so.Many of these are orphans, neglected children and criminals. In many towns of Uganda, are slums, including my own home one,fortportal.Often,people who live in slums learn to live a hard and uncomfortable life so that even when they bear children, they too get adapted.
Children who grow up from slums, in most cases develop poor characters like prostitution, theft among others. While the others end up as street children. However, there are those children who have been born in slums but have lived a changing life. These children have transformed their lives and the lives of their families and people around them. Among them is Phiona Mutesi.
Phiona Mutesi commonly known as the queen of Katwe is a very challenging and interesting girl. She was born in 1996, in the slum of Katwe. Katwe is roughly the worst slum in Uganda as it is where human waste is damped. Also, Katwe is the largest slum in Uganda. Phiona lost her father who succumbed of AquiredImmune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), at the age of three. Her elder sister died of unknown cause. Whenever Phiona asked her mother what had led to the death of Phiona Mutesi’s father, her mother replied that Phiona should go ask those who were there. Therefore, Mutesi developed so many questions and wondered who would ever tell her.
At the age of nine, Phiona Mutesi dropped out of school because her family could no longer afford sending her. She therefore started selling maize on the street. There were times when they’d starve as it was hard to get water and food in that slum of Katwe.So when they had starved for three days, her elder brother decided to go with them to in an after-school chess program which was run by Robert Katende, because it was there where they’d get some food.
At first, Mutesi went there so that she could get food but with time, she developed strong passion for chess so that she went there to play rather than eating food alone. The couch, Robert Katende was impressed by the talent she had and so decided to move her on. In about six month, Phiona was challenging those who’d trained for about a year or two.
In 2010, Mutesi played six rounds on head 2 and one round on board 1 for Uganda at the 39th chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. She earned 1.5 points in the seven games played. In 2012, Mutesi attracted the attention of journalist Tim Crothers who wrote a piece of her. She was also a three-time winner of junior girls’ chess Championship of Uganda.
In 2012, silent images made a short documentary film about Phiona Mutesi. The Walt Disney Company produced a film of her after picking interest in the documentary of sports outreach.
Mutesi Phiona won the Uganda Girls Championship three times, represented Uganda at four chess Olympiads, one of the first titled female players in Uganda.
Mutesi managed to buy a house for her family and now they stay a rather improved life. She used the little available resources to create a significant change in her life and the whole country. Uganda is undoubtedly proud of Phiona due to her amazing talent. There are those people who have talents in anything but take it for granted. What we fail to know is that God created everyone with an amazing talent that can change this world. He created each one of us to make our world a better place to live in.
We learn many lessons from Phiona’s story. We learn to exploit any given opportunity. We also learn to be focused in everything we do. Just like Phiona who was focused on chess and this made her an international girl. We learn to persevere in every situation