Forbes, an American business magazine, has listed Uganda’s youngest favourite actress, Madina Nalwanga, among its top 30 under 30 youngest raising the bar on teenage achievement.
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Born in Kampala, Uganda, Nalwanga was discovered by a casting director in a community dance class before landing her lead role in Disney’s “Queen of Katwe.”
Nalwaga received numerous accolades for her acting debut, including an NAACP Image Award, a Women Film Critics Circle Award and Critics Choice Award nominations.
The new movie Queen of Katwe has a familiar theme: It’s the real-life story of a girl from the slums who discovers an unlikely talent (chess) and becomes an unlikely champion.
— Forbes Under 30 (@ForbesUnder30) November 14, 2017
But in other ways, the film is revolutionary: It may be the first time a major studio (Disney) has set a movie in Africa with all black actors and no animals.
The cast includes Lupita Nyong’o, an Oscar-winning actress who is on the October cover of Vogue who plays Phiona’s mother in the film, and Madina Nalwanga as Phiona, a teenager from a poor neighbourhood in Kampala who became a chess master. (A casting director found Nalwanga in a community dance class.)