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Brain tumor claims the life of Disney actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa who featured in ‘Queen of Katwe’

Category : Lifestyle | Sub Category : | Posted on: 2020-02-17 10:31:37


Brain tumor claims the life of Disney actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa who featured in ‘Queen of Katwe’

Disney actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa died of brain tumor on Saturday. The young actress, who appeared in the 2016 Disney film dubbed Queen of Katwe, died at the age of 15 years.

She was diagnosed with brain tumor in 2016 prompting the director of Queen of Katwe Mira Nair to mobilise people in raising funds for her treatment in India.

Nikita was the main character in a story of Phiona Mutesi who became an international chess start, despite living in Uganda’s slums. Waligwa played the role of Gloria, Phiona’s friend, who explained the rules of chess to her.

Her death was publicized by his school, Gayaza High School, through a Twitter post.

Lupita Nyong’o, who stared in the Queen of Katwe, paid glowing tribute to Nikita on instagram. 

“In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling with brain cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon,” Lupita Nyong’o said.

David Oyelowo, who also featured in the film, posted on instagram that Nikita was “a ball of light in the film and in life.” 

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