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Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Courtesy photo

Queen of Katwe Stars Pay Tribute to Deceased Nikita Pearl Waligwa

posted onFebruary 17, 2020
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By Kampala Post Reporter

Stars of the film Queen of Katwe have paid tribute to actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa who died at the age of 15.

Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and died in hospital in Kampala on Saturday. She starred in the 2016 Disney film which was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum.

Her co-star David Oyelowo wrote on Instagram: "She was a ball of light in Queen of Katwe and in life." Oyelowo played the role of Phiona Mutesi's chess teacher while Lupita Nyong'o played her mother.

Waligwa featured as the character Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her. Ms Nyong'o said on Instagram: "She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer."

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