Uganda’s Queen of Katwe star, Nikita Pearl Waligwa Passed at age just 15

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An actress who starred in the Queen of Katwe, a Disney film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum, has died aged 15.


Ugandan media reports Nikita pearl Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The 2016 film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi who took up chess aged nine, despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments. it starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.

Nikita pearl Waligwa played the role of Gloria a friend Phiona’s, who explained the rules of chess to her, she was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016.


Queen of Katwe director director Mira Nair, reportedly mobilized to get her treatment in India .

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