Queen of Katwe passes away at the age of 15
Waligwa, who played the role of Gloria, a younger friend of the main character in the 2016 film
Uganda 17 February 2020 (GNP) : Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a Ugandan child actress who starred in a Disney movie on 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, according to Gayaza High School, which she had reportedly attended since 2018.
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, she was found with another tumour.
The news prompted an outpouring of grief on social media, with users expressing their condolences and recalling her role in the movie directed by Mira Nair and filmed in Katwe, a slum in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. (GNP)