Uganda Loses Queen of Katwe Movie Star, Nikita Pearl Waligwa to Cancer

Uganda has lost 15-year-old Nikita Pearl Walingwa who starred in Disney movie Queen of Katwe to a cancerous brain tumour.

In a BBC report quoting Gayaza High School which Nikita attended 2018, the child actress had a brain tumour which local media reported was first diagnosed back in 2016 which she recovered from in 2017 only to discover another later on.

Uganda Loses Queen of Katwe Movie Star, Nikita Pearl Waligwa to Cancer

Nikita who featured in the Ugandan movie Queen of Katwe in 2016, played the character Gloria, a younger friend of the main character in the 2016 film, was “a darling to many”, the secondary school wrote on Twitter.

‘We are gutted as @gayazahigh community. No words can explain the pain at the moment. R.I.P Nikita,’ the school said.

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‘Nikita Pearl Waligwa was not only a star, but she was also an inspiration to every young girl,’ read an obituary in the online version of the New Vision, a Ugandan daily newspaper.

One of Gloria’s memorable quotes from Queen of Katwe movie is “The small one can become the big one.”

Queen of Katwe movie is the biography and extraordinary life story of the local chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, an unschooled girl from a poor background who took up chess in 2005 and overcame many odds to become the first female winner of Uganda’s junior chess championships.

She then started to represent in international competitions at the age of 17.

Lupita Nyong’o, a Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, and Britain’s David Oyelowo also starred in the Queen of katwe movie. It was filmed in Katwe, a slum in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

In a tribute, Lupita Nyogo said on Instagram ‘’

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