Uganda: Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a Ugandan child actress who starred in a Disney movie on the extraordinary life of a local chess prodigy, has died at the age of 15.

The teenage star of Queen of Katwe died of brain tumour, according to Gayaza High School, which she reportedly attended since 2018.

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

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

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