Hollywood superstar, Lupita Nyong’o has paid tribute to Nikita Pearl Waligwa who played Gloria in Queen Of Katwe –a Disney film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum. Nikita died aged 15 after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Lupita who also starred in the movie took to Instagram to pay her tribute to Nikita.
“It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe… My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. May she truly rest in peace. May it be well with her soul,” Lupita wrote.
According to the BBC, She was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly mobilised people to help fund her treatment in India, with Ugandan doctors quoted as saying they did not have the necessary equipment. She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year was found to have another tumour.
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