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J. Paye & Associates: A sponsor of The African LIFE presents ‘The Queen of Katwe’ screening

The African LIFE Presents the ‘Queen of Katwe’ screening in Chatham October 1

A local first generation African organization takes the opportunity to produce an event using the movie “Queen of Katwe” to bridge the gap of Africans and African-Americans on the Southside of Chicago.


(Chicago, IL) The African LIFE (Living, Inspiration, Fashion, Entertainment), a Chicago-based, first generation African organization launched its first event to bridge the gap between African-American youth and African youth on October 1, at 3:00 pm in Chatham 14 Movie Theater, 210 E 87th St, Chicago, with the help of Contexture.TV, screening the new movie “Queen of Katwe,” starring Lupita Nyong’o and featuring many African actors, including child actress Madina Nalwanga.

With a major sponsorship from Contexture TV, the screening event also showcased successful African women in Chicago who overcame obstacles to be successful in their careers in America. The women briefly talked to the audience about their challenges and successes while pursuing their passions. Just like the real Phiona Mutesi, these women did not let their surroundings as a child define who they were, thus coming to America and becoming successful. TAL used the Queen of Katwe as a platform to introduce American youth to other youth in Africa, while showing them some fundamental skills in life to be successful.

“When I saw the trailer in May I knew I wanted to do something surrounding this film,” said The African LIFE founder, Felicia Apprey-Agyare. “The movie represents hope for so many Africans around the world.” Agyare. who was a born in Chicago but raised in Ghana until 10 years old, went on to say. “This movie is universal; it depicts our dreams, goals and moments of self doubt but this uplifting story plants a seed of hope at a global level that we don’t get often.”

Johnetta Paye, the founding partner of J. Paye & Associates was inspired to be a sponsor because she saw herself in Phiona Mutesi. Paye was born in the West African nation of Liberia and emigrated to the United States at the age of 3. Paye explained, “When my family arrived in Minnesota, my parents worked minimum wage jobs to support their family. Just seeing my parents sacrifice and work long hours taught me the value of hard work. Growing up as a child in Minnesota, I always had dreams and goals that were bigger than my surroundings. I was  the first person in my immediate family to graduate from a four-year university. The first person to obtain a graduate degree and become a lawyer.” Paye hopes her life story will inspire young African girls to believe in the message from the “Queen of Katwe” that “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.”

The event consisted of transferring half of the theater lobby into a mini African exhibition, which was filled with activities and showcases for the entire family to enjoy. After the screening, there was a fashion show by Democratic Republic of Congo kids designer Patricia Anzhelika Crochet, and a fun kids chess game for beginners and competition Ghanaian artist and master chess instructor Osei Agyeman Badu. There was also an African storybook reading, African music and DJ, dancing and many more activities.

About the African LIFE

The African LIFE is a multifaceted organization focused on bridging the gap between the children of the diaspora and the continent of Africa. As first-generation Africans living in America, our goal is to maintain this connection through sharing ways of African LIVING; sharing experiences that provide inspiration; showcasing beautiful African fashion; and providing entertainment by way of news, photos and video. Our team of focused professionals are driven by a passion for event planning, sponsorship development and providing philanthropic services.

Several African organizations will be there to showcase their culture with hopes of getting more African-Americans to be familiar with their services in Chicagoland.

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IG: @the_africanlife

Twitter: @the_africanlife




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