As the book points out, calling Phiona “the ultimate underdog:
To be African is to be an underdog to the world. To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa. To be from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda. To be a girl is to be an underdog Katwe.
The story is truly amazing, and a hard one to tell to an American audience, since the conditions of Phiona’s life are truly so far from anything that we can actually imagine as “daily life”.
Somehow, though, the book didn’t “wow” me. Having heard about the story, I kept reading because I wanted to know… But I didn’t keep reading because I was captivated by the story as it was being told to me. Only the last quarter of the book or so actually kept me turning pages and not wanting to put it down.
The video trailer for the upcoming Disney movie gives you an idea of just how much “feels” there are to this story. And maybe the movie will have an easier time of holding out attention while it paints the picture for us.
You can find out more about Phiona, and the amazing ministry that first reached out to her, at this special website put together by Sports Outreach.
I received a copy of the book free from the Ravu Collective / BuzzPlant for review purposes. As always, my opinions are solely my own, and no other person has any say in what I write in my reviews, nor am I compensated for them.