Nikita Pearl Waligwa a child actress who starred in Queen of Katwe as Gloria has died aged 15. Waligwa who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and seemed to recover a year later. However, in 2019, another tumor was found.
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.
Nikita stared in Queen of Katwe,A movie about a young chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum. The movie also starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher. Waligwa played the role of Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.