Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dead - 'Queen of Katwe' Star Dies at 15

Queen of Katwe Teen Actress, Nikita 'Gloria', Dead

QUEEN OF KATWE Actor Nikita Pearl Waligwa Has Died at 15

Uganda actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa, best known for her role "Gloria' in the Queen of Katwe", has died at the age of 15.

Doctors then said that the tumor had centered at the sensitive part of her brain responsible for the movement of limbs, eyesight, and speech.

She was initially diagnosed with the tumor in 2016, and she made a recovery in 2017.

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According to worldwide reports, she had been suffering from brain cancer.

She was "a darling to many", Gayaza high school said on Twitter.

Impressed by her role in the Queen of Katwe movie, hundreds of Ugandans mobilised resources for her treatment on India.

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It added that her community was left "gutted" by the development.

David Oyelowo, who starred alongside Waligwa in the Queen Of Katwe, remembers her as a "ball of light".

When IGN reviewed Queen of Katwe back in 2016, we credited the film for breaking Disney's live-action slump at the time, calling it an unconventional feel-good tale.

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The 2016 film, which she featured, was based on true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess despite being out of school and went on to compete in global tournaments. Waligwa portrayed Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her. Our condolences go out to her family.

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