Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a Ugandan child actress who starred opositie Kenya’s Lupita Nyongo Queen of Katwe about the extraordinary life of a local chess prodigy, has died at the age of 15.
The teenage star of Queen of Katwe died of brain tumour Waligwa, who played the role of Gloria, a younger friend of the main character in the 2016 film, was “a darling to many”, the secondary school wrote on Twitter.
“No words can explain the pain at the moment,” it added.
Local media reported that Waligwa had first been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. After making a recovery a year later, another tumour was found.
The news prompted an outpouring of grief on social media, users expressing their condolences. We at 2nacheki says Rest in peace to this young African Warrior and a heartfelt condolences to her family,loved ones and to All Ugandans