17-year-old Ugandan actress featured in 2018 Forbes list of 30 under 30

17-Year-Old Madina Nalwanga. PHOTO: COURTESY.

17-year-old Ugandan actress Madina Nalwanga has made it to the 2018 Forbes list of the 30 under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment

Born and raised in Uganda, the youngstar came to limelight after being featured as the actress that took up the major role in the Queen of Katwe Movie which was released in 2016.

After the release of the movie which received positive feedback, rumors emerged on the possibilities of this young star being amongst the 30 under 30 list and this has come to pass.

The young actress has always participated in dance performances and acting roles both inside and outside of school.Her entire life changed when Dinaz Stafford visited one of the training sessions.

When Dinaz Stafford saw Nalwanga perform,She believed she had found the next actress for the role in Queen of Katwe.


In the movie Queen of Katwe,Nalwanga has featured alongside major actors and actresses such as Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Martin Kabanza where she plays Phiona Mutesi, a street child whose life was irrevocably changed when she learned to play chess.

The movie is based on a true story of a young girl from the Slums in Uganda, who discovers a God given talent through practice,first spotted in a church magazine and picked up by The Entertainment Sports Network(ESPN), which was then in talks with Disney about potential coproduction and then it finally happened.

Nalwanga has scooped an award for best young actor in the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

The Critics Choice best movie awards and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP) Image award both Nominated Madina for Outstanding actress in the Movie, Queen of Katwe.