Teen star Nikita Pearl Waligwa passed away on Sunday after a long battle with brain cancer, she won hearts in the movie – Queen of Katwe.
Waligwa played Gloria in Queen Of Katwe in 2016, the story was based on the life of Chess prodigy, Piona Mutesi, starring Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and others. According to reports, the teen actress has been battling with brain cancer for some time now. The director of the movie, Mira Nair, raised funds to aid her treatment in India in 2016, but unfortunately, cancer appeared again last year.
Her sudden demised was announced on the Twitter page for the high school Waligwa attended in Uganda, which reads – “You were a darling to many and we have lost you to a brain tumour at such a tender age. Nikita was in S.3. Rest in Perfect Peace dear.”
Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo paid their tribute by sharing the wonderful moments they shared with her during the shoot for the movie.
Watch the official trailer for Queen Of Katwe by Disney below:
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