Little Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died at age 15 because of a brain tumor. She also appeared in the Disney movie Katwe Queen, where she played the girl Gloria.
The actress already suffered another tumor that was successfully operated in 2017 after several surgical interventions. And she went back to secondary school. Unfortunately, in 2019, she was again diagnosed with the same condition, which she has not managed to overcome.
Her school announces her death on Twitter.
Gayaza High School said that she had been a darling to many, and they had lost her to a brain tumor at such a tender age.
A Ugandan national, Waligwa became famous for his role as Gloria in the Disney film. It was a biopic about Phiona Mutesi, a chess player who won the Ugandan youth championship with only eleven years before getting headlong into the World Olympics Of chess.
The little girl worked with Lupita Nyong’o ( 12 years of slavery, We ) and David Oyelowo ( Selma, Interstellar ) in Katwe’s Queen. Precisely the actress, winner of an Oscar for her performance in 12 years of slavery, has been one of the first to rule on Waligwa’s death.
Oyelowo said that he must report with great sadness the death of Nikita Waligwa, the charming and close actress of great talent. He had worked with him in The Queen of Katwe. She played Gloria with a lot of strength. In her personal life, she had to face a brain tumor. His thoughts and prayers were with the family and the community, who must face the hard task of saying goodbye so soon. May he truly rest in peace.
Oywelowo also dedicated a few brief words: “We regret the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa. It was a light in both Queen of Katwe and in life. Her fight against brain cancer was humbled to witness. Her light continues with us.”, posted on his Instagram account.