Disney’s Queen of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15

The Ugandan child actress,Nikita Pearl Waligwa is dead after long battle with brain tumour at age 15.

The child actress shot to fame after she played Gloria who hailed from the slums of Uganda in the movie in Disney’s Queen of Katwe, a film about a chess prodigy from a slum in Uganda.

Family member said Nikita suffered severe pain before she died. “The brain was swollen and it is exerting a lot of pressure.”

Nikita was first diagnosed in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly mobilized people to help fund her treatment in India.

It was revealed that Ugandan doctors quoted as saying they did not have the necessary equipment. She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year, she suffered a relapse after another tumour was found in her brain.


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