A young actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who starred in a Ugandan Disney movie about a chess prodigy has died after fighting health issues a few years earlier.
According to the Ugandan news outlet (The Daily Monitor), 15-years-old Ugandan Disney actress Nikita recently passed away. While they don’t say exactly how, it seems to link her death to a 2016 diagnosis, which found she had a tumor in her brain. Unclear if she was fighting full-blown cancer.
Evermore tragic is that the Monitor says a funding campaign was started for Nikita to get treatment in India because local doctors were quoted as not having the proper equipment.
As for Nikita’s acting career, it seems she only starred in the “Queen of Katwe”, playing a friend of the actual chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi. This movie also starred with Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, it got a great response, critics loved it.