The passing on Nikita Pearl Waligwa who starred in Queen of Katwe, a Disney film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum is making International Headlines. World media giants including Aljazeera, BBC, New York Times, Reuters, CNN, pm, The Guardian, The Economist, ABC, Washington Post and others continue to run the sad news of her death.
Uganda’s Vision Group Editorial runs “ Nikita was not only a star, but she was also an inspiration to every young girl.
Waligwa has been a talented young girl whose star was blossoming into a bigger one. It is so unfortunate that she has died aged 15 years.
Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe is a 2016 film about Phiona Mutesi who started as a little girl playing chess right here in Katwe until she became world champion.
The film starred Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o as Phiona Mutesi’s mother and David Oyelowo as a chess teacher.
Waligwa played the role of Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.
She was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year was found to have another tumour.
Nikita’s body was today taken to Namirembe Cathedral for a funeral service. Her body will later on be taken to her father’s home in Kabojja a Kampala suburb. She will be buried on Monday.
May her soul rest in peace.