Nikita Pearl Walingwa, who participated as a secondary actress in the 2016 Disney movie “Queen of Katwe,” died at age 15 from a brain tumor, local media reported Sunday.
The young woman, who had managed to overcome a cancer diagnosed when she was twelve, has died in the hospital in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, TMR International, due to a tumor in that area affected by the cancer.
His family claimed that he was going through “exhausting pain.”
The young woman played Gloria in the movie «The Queen of Katwe», a film based on the true story of the chess player Phiona Mutesi, who started in this sport at age nine with little support and managed to compete in major international tournaments.
The director of the film, Mira Nair, has already asked for help to get money for her cancer treatment in 2016 and that the little girl could be transferred to India.
Gloria, her character, was a friend of the protagonist, played by Madina Nalwanga, who explains the rules of chess.
“The Queen of Katwe” featured the performance of Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o as the mother of the protagonist and Briton David Oyelowo as a chess teacher. .