15-year old Disney Queen of Katwe film star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has passed away at the age of 15 following brain tumor.
She was diagnosed with brain tumor back in 2016. Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly urged people to donate to Waligwa’s treatment in India after Ugandan doctors said they were not equipped enough to carry out the operation.
They successfully removed the tumor and she was deemed healthy in 2017; however, they found another tumor last year.
Queen of Katwe narrates the story of Phiona Mutesi who went been poor and living in Ugandan slums with her family to becoming an international chess player.
Nikita played the main character’s friend Gloria in the film.