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Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15 ‘following battle with brain tumour'

1 month ago   |   By Metro

Nikita Pearl Waligwa as Gloria in the film Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died at the age of 15, according to Ugandan media.
The young star had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and passed away on 15 February.
The 2016 film was based on the true story of 9-year-old chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, who went on to compete in tournaments after taking up the game in chess.
Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o played her mother and British actor David Oyelowo played her chess teacher.
Waligwa played Phiona's friend Gloria who helped her to understand the rules of chess. One...
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Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dead aged 15 - Queen of Katwe actress dies after brain tumour, say reports

Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dead aged 15 - Queen of Katwe actress dies after brain tumour, say reports

1 month ago   |   By The Sun

A TEENAGE Disney star from the Queen of Katwe has died aged 15, according to reports.
Ugandan media reports Nikita Pearl Waligwa died after battling a brain tumour.
Nikita Pearl Waligwa played the role of the chess star's friend
She starred in the 2016 film about a chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, from a Ugandan slum.
The young actress played the part of Gloria, a pal of Mutesi, as they grew up in Katwe - the largest of Kampala's slums.
The film is based on the true story of a young girl who took up chess aged nine and went on to compete internationally.
Lupita Nyong'o took on the role of her...
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Disney Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15 after being diagnosed with brain tumour

Disney Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15 after being diagnosed with brain tumour

1 month ago   |   By Daily Mail

Nikita Pearl Waligwa played Gloria in the film - also staring Lupita Nyong'o - about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum. The youngster was first diagnosed with a tumour in 2016.
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Disney's Queen of Katwe actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15

Disney's Queen of Katwe actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15

1 month ago   |   By The Mirror

Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died aged just 15, Ugandan media reports
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