Actor Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15. It is likely that she died due to the brain tumor she suffered few years ago.
It was a tragic day for the Ugandan people when the death of a 15-year old Disney actress, Nikita Pearl Waligwa was announced.
For those who do not know her, she was an upcoming start in the movie industry and featured in Queen of Katwe. The film was about a chess prodigy, depicting a girl that went ahead to make international recognition in chess despite having no formal education. Waligwa acted as a friend to one of the protagonists.
According to reports gathered from news media in Uganda, the 15 years old girl lost her life to health-related issues, but we are not sure what the actual cause is.
In 2016, Waligwa was diagnosed of a brain tumor and it was difficult for physicians in Uganda to handle the case due to lack of necessary equipment. A campaign was organized by the director of the movie she featured in so that she could get a better treatment in India. It all went well until 2017 when another issue of a tumor came up again
It is likely that her death was related to the brain tumor or cancer issue but we are not sure about that just yet.
Among other prominent people that featured in the same movie are Lupita Nyong'o (acted as her mom) and David Oyelowo (acted as her chess teacher)
For those who would want to watch the movie just to see the beautiful teenager, she answered the name Gloria.
Below is short video that talks about Nikita and her role in the movie, Queen of Katwe:
We wish her family the fortitude to bear the loss of their precious daughter.
Rest on cutie…