Dennis OKWERA

Words: Fedora Abu

Photos: Richard Gaston

Styling: Ella Blythe MacDonald

The model and philanthropist creating change in Uganda.

Issue 52

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  • Words Fedora Abu
  • Photos Richard Gaston
  • Styling Ella Blythe MacDonald

Okwera was photographed in Scotland, where he spent six weeks filming the movie Tornado.

( 1 ) Okwera plays a character called Psycho in Tornado . The movie is directed by John Maclean, whose debut, Slow West, premiered at Sundance in 2015 and won the World Cinema Jury Prize.

( 2 ) From 1987 to 2006, the Lord's Resistance Army abducted more than 20,000 children to use as soldiers, servants or sex slaves, according to UNICEF.

( 3 ) Lord Snowdon shot a fashion editorial featuring Okwera for the very first issue of Luncheon . The magazine's editor in chief, Frances von Hofmannsthal, is Lord Snowdon's daughter.

If Dennis Okwera has learned anything, it’s that when life throws you an unexpected opportunity, it’s best to jump at it. It explains why, in the middle of February, he’s in Scotland on the set of Tornado, an 18th-century samurai movie.1 Acting wasn’t ever really part of the plan for the Ugandan-born model—“I kind of blagged my way into [it],” he says jokingly over the phone from Edinburgh—but when this gig arose, he thought he’d give it a go. He quickly found himself trading fashion week for a filming schedule.

( 1 ) Okwera plays a character called Psycho in Tornado . The movie is directed by John Maclean, whose debut, Slow West, premiered at Sundance in 2015 and won the World Cinema Jury Prize.

( 2 ) From 1987 to 2006, the Lord's Resistance Army abducted more than 20,000 children to use as soldiers, servants or sex slaves, according to UNICEF.

( 3 ) Lord Snowdon shot a fashion editorial featuring Okwera for the very first issue of Luncheon . The magazine's editor in chief, Frances von Hofmannsthal, is Lord Snowdon's daughter.

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