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12-year-old Nia Imani is a Broadway actress, who once starred in the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical “The Lion King”. Nia played the role of Young Nala, Simba’s best friend.

“Nia Imani earned the role after auditioning against thousands of children in Disney’s nationwide search. As a result of portraying Young Nala, Nia Imani was named one of “Black Broadway’s Best” in the November 2008 issue of Ebony Magazine. She was also the first Young Nala to be photographed in full costume with fans and star in Disney’s “Being A Lion Kid” video. The role also gave her the opportunity to tackle other stage roles, including portraying Malia Obama in “Defying Inequality:The Broadway Concert.” Nia Imani has also starred in other stage plays such as “A Play on Words” and “A Christmas Carol;” which allowed her to appear on the Atlanta NBC affiliate news program 11 Alive in a segment on working child actors in the city (Source)“.

In addition to being a Broadway actress, Nia is a recording artist, songwriter, and a producer.

Click here to listen to Nia perform her debut single “Your Journey Begins”.

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  2. If Mary Hoffman ever turned her children’s book, Amazing Grace into a play or movie, Nia would be perfect for the role of Grace. Not only does Nia resemble the drawn character from that book, but the character was also a thespian. Way to go, Nia! It’s always good to see children doing great things and using their talents in a positive way.

  3. I’ve had the honor of seeing the Lion King on Broadway. I took my son & we were blown away.

    I didn’t get to see Ms. Nia, but I saw another talented young man.

    Broadway actors do not get the recognition thet deserve. Unlike filming a movie, there is no redo.

    Do your thing Ms. Nia, my son wants to see Lion King again. Soon.

  4. it’s great to see an ambitious and multi talented little girl go for her dreams. much success to her in the future.

    i wish i could have seen The Lion King on Broadway as well. but tickets were sold out when i was able to go. well the affordable ones anyways lol!

  5. yeaa she is soo TaLenTed and beauTifuL! I saw her permormance on Youtube a coupLe of times…shes great. I hope she makes it further in life!

  6. Nia seems to be equally beautiful and talented, and it’s wonderful to read about young ladies like her. I wish her much continued success and am sure we’ll be reading about her well into the future.
    I also think it’s uncanny how much she and my (almost) twelve year old daughter favor; they also share the same first/middle name! ;)

  7. I have a lot of respect for theater actors and actresses, especially children. You have to be on point at all times; no cuts and no do-overs once that curtain is raised.

    Congratulations to her, and I wish her all the best in her endeavors. Gorgeous name too. :)

  8. Congrats to Nia. I really wanted to see The Lion on Broadway but never got a chance to. (I love broadways and plays) She has a lot on her plate being a producer, actress, songwriter, and recording artist. These are pretty big accomplishments. Great job Nia and hope you continue to succeed.

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