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Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Actor In Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe,’ Dies At 15

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Actor In Disney’s ‘Queen Of Katwe,’ Dies At 15

by : 12:45 pm On February 20, 2020

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young Ugandan newcomer who starred in Disney’s movie about a Ugandan chess prodigy, Queen of Katwe, has died of brain tumour, according to Gayaza High School.

Waligwa was in her senior year at Gayaza High School at the time of her death.

According to the BBC and Ugandan newspaper, Daily Monitor, she was 15.

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who played the role of Gloria, a younger friend of the main character in the 2016 Disney film, was “a darling to many”, the secondary school wrote on Twitter.

“No words can explain the pain at the moment,” it added.

Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and seemed to recover a year later. 

However, in 2019, another tumor was found. 

‘Queen of Katwe’ director Mira Nair helped organize efforts to fund the treatment of Nikita Pearl Waligwa during filming, according to the BBC.

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The film told the real-life story of Mutesi who is one of Uganda’s most successful chess players. She won three Ugandan Women’s Junior Championship and has represented the country at four international chess olympiads.

Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo also starred in the film. They played Mutesi’s mother and chess teacher.

“The small one can become the big one,” is one of Gloria’s(Nikita Pearl Waligwa) memorable quotes from the movie.

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5 months ago

too bad.

1 month ago

Is the queen of katwe still in vogue?

1 month ago


1 month ago

We have been saying for ever: we need to rejig this shithole of a country as anything else is a waste of time. The north has been in power for a better part of the nations independence, but is still the most poverty, illiteracy and insecurity stricken region in the country. What else do we need to know that zoning is useless?   I’m supposed to be supporting Orji Uzor Kalu who wants to be president as an igbo man; but i ask myself: to what end? Orji was useless as a governor. he couldn’t do shit for Abians for… Read more »

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Queen of katwe

Kanwar Abiodun
1 month ago

She was an icon. what a loss

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