Disney's Queen of Katwe Actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies Aged 15

Lawrence Kim
February 16, 2020

Ugandan actress, Nikita Pearl Waligwa, actress who played the role of Lupita Nyong'o's daughter in the Hollywood movie Queen of Katwe has died.

It's understood that the she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and passed away on Saturday evening (15 February) at TMR International Hospital, in Naalya, Kampala.

The movie, Queen of Katwe, is a very Disney movie in that it centers around a family and has a happy ending.

But her family told of their heartbreak when another tumour was then detected. Rest in Peace dear Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age.

Shortly after the devastating diagnosis, Mira reportedly started a fundraiser and asked people to donate to help pay for Nikita's treatment in India because Ugandan doctors didn't have the necessary equipment to treat her.

She underwent surgery in April that year and according to doctors at Platinum Hospital, the tumour had affected her movements and was in deep pain. "Rest in Perfect Peace dear".

Queen of Katwe, which was produced in 2016, is based on a true story of Phiona Mutesi who took up chess aged nine despite not being in school and she went on to compete in global tournaments. You will be remembered for the great work you did in'.

Nikita played the role of Gloria, a friend who explained the rules of chess to Phiona.

Teachers at Gayaza High School wrote: "Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa".

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