Madina Nalwanga

Ugandan actress

Madina Nalwanga (born in 2000)[1] became famous for her lead role in Disney's Queen of Katwe. The film depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe.[2] For her role in the film, she won most promising actor award at 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Born in the poor Kampala's slum of Katwe, she spent their childhood selling corn on the streets of Katwe.[4]


  1. "Ugandan premiere of girl's slum-to-chess-champ story". Agence France-Presse. 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2018-02-11 – via The Daily Mail.
  2. "Madina Nalwanga". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  3. "Queen of Katwe Actress Madina Nalwanga wins an award at the African Movie Academy Awards 2017". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. "How Nyong'o, Oyelowo bonded with their 'Queen of Katwe'". Retrieved 2018-02-10.