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Lupita Nyong’o Stars in the Music Video for Queen of Katwe’s “#1 Spice”

Disney's 'Queen of Katwe' is sharing a new music video for the opening song from it’s soundtrack—“#1 Spice” by Young Cardamom & HAB.

Disney’s Queen of Katwe film, which follows the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, is out in the U.S. today.


To mark the release, the film is sharing a new music video for the opening song from its soundtrack, “#1 Spice.”

The new song was written by Ugandan hip-hop duo Young Cardamom & HAB, a group that blends the sounds of their city, Kampala, with influences from South Sudan, India, Atlanta, and Lahore.

The “#1 Spice” video follows Young Cardamom & HAB, Lupita Nyong’o and the child actors from Queen of Katwe, as they sing and dance to this “salt love letter” in a Ugandan market. David Oyelowo shows up near the end as well.

Queen of Katwe stars newcomer Madina Nalwanga. The film is directed Mira Nair, who also directed this music video and happens to be Young Cardamom’s parent.

We’ve previously talked to Young Cardamom & HAB in an interview about how they use their project to shed light on Uganda’s social issues.

The Queen of Katwe soundtrack also includes “Back to Life,” an new original track by Alicia Keys, as well as songs from Davido (“Skelewu”) and MC Galaxy.

For more, check out our interview with the Ugandan Disney executive who brought the film to life.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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