Born 9 November 1964 to Mulumba Luswata of Nkumba, Entebbe and Rebecca Nakintu Musoke in London, United Kingdom, Queen Sylvia is the current Nnabagereka of the oldest cultural institution in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community.
Her education journey kick started with Lake Victoria Primary School, in Entebbe, Gayaza Junior School, and Wanyange Girls School and thereafter shifting to the United States to continue her studies. She earned an associate degree with honours from City University of New York, a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, and a Master of Arts degree with Distinction in Mass Communication from the New York Institute of Technology.
After living in the United States for 18 years, Sylvia returned to Uganda in 1998 and fell in love with her long-time acquaintance Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda. Their engagement was announced on 14 February 1999. On 27 August of that year, she married the King at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Namirembe Hill, becoming the first queen of Buganda in fifty years.
On 4 July 2001 in London, the Queen delivered her first child, Princess Katrina Sarah Ssangalyambogo, which means “buffalo’s horn”. She is also step-mother to the King’s other children.