TIFF 2016: Lupita Nyong’o Slays In $600,000 Worth of Jewels At ‘The Queen Of Katwe’ Premiere

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Lupita Nyong'o Slays In $600,000 Worth of Jewels At ‘Queen Of Katwe’ Premiere

Lupita Nyong’o hit the red carpet during the Toronto International Film Festival for the premier of her new movie, The Queen of Katwe on Saturday night, September 10, in Toronto, Canada.

  Lupita Nyong'o  Dominik Magdziak Photography / Getty Images
Lupita Nyong’ (Dominik Magdziak Photography / Getty Images)

The adorable looking actress, who brought two very special dates – her boyfriend, GQ Style fashion editor Mobolaji Dawodu and his beautiful daughter, Omolara Dawodu – to the movie premiere, wore a vibrant canary-and-cobalt strapless dress with a blue headdress to match.

But her eye-catching bling – a $624,000 worth of jewelry from Tiffany & Co., including an 8.21-carat yellow-diamond ring, a 15.75-carat sapphire-and-diamond ring, and tanzanite-and-diamond earrings – left a fashion statement for the occasion.

While both of them – Lupita and Mobolaji – are yet to make their red carpet debut as a couple, Mobolaji joined the actress inside Roy Thomson Hall, where they partied the night away, dancing with Lupita’s costars, Madina Nalwanga and David Oyelowo.

In the movie reprise, the Oscar winner, who plays Harriet Mutesi, mother of a 12-year-old chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, from the slums of Uganda, describes herself as a Knight.

“I didn’t have to know about chess for this role,” she laughed on the Roy Thomson Hall carpet Saturday evening ahead of the film’s TIFF premiere. “But I always liked the knight.”


Her co-star David Oyelowo – who starred in Selma – chose to sit on a throne.

“If life was a game of chess, I think today I’m dressed like king, so I’ll move forward. No moving backwards,” he said.

Queen of Katwe follows the true-life story of 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi who is inspired by a mentor to hone her special skill of playing chess in order to gain a ticket for a better life for her family.

The film, which was shot on location in Uganda, opens in theatres on September 30, 2016.



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