Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a young Ugandan actress who gained recognition for her impressive role as Gloria in Disney's 2016 film Queen of Katwe, died at the age of 15 on February 15 after being diagnosed with her second brain tumor in three years.
Nikita was first diagnosed with the tumour in 2016, but a year later, she was declared cancer-free after undergoing a review. The film also starred Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o as Phiona's mother and David Oyelowo as Phiona's chess teacher.
She was given the all-clear in 2017 but past year was found to have another tumour.
The movie, Queen of Katwe, is a very Disney movie in that it centers around a family and has a happy ending.
Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair, BBC reports, mobilised fund her treatment in India, after Ugandan doctors were quoted as saying they did not have the necessary equipment.
Speaking to local media, a family member said Nikita been suffering with a lot of pain.
Ugandans have since taken to social media to send condolences to the bereaved family, describing Nikita's death as 'devastating'. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age. Rest in Peace Nikita Pearl Waligwa aka Gloria'. "Rest in Perfect Peace dear".
DJ DenzelUG wrote: 'Without a doubt, news on the passing of someone is sad.
"Its so sad to see a country lose such a talented spirit".
Mukiga added: 'Rest in peace Pearl Waligwa. You will be remembered for the great work you did in'.
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