Queen of Katwe: loses actor

Disney actor Nikita Waligwa who played the role of Gloria in the 2016 disney film “Queen of Katwe” lost her life after suffering from a brain tumor she was 15.

Nikita’s school released a tweet on Saturday Feb 15 2020 about her death saying…

Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age,” the school’s tweet read. “Rest in Perfect Peace dear.

The movie tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi who went from living in Uganda’s slums to becoming an international chess star. Nikita played the main character’s friend Gloria in the film.

The “Queen of Katwe” also starred Lupita Nyong’o who said on Instagram that Nikita played Gloria with “such vibrancy.”

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

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