Queen of Katwe actor Nikita Pearl dies at 15


She played Gloria with such vibrancy. She will dearly be missed by everyone @gayazahigh. Indeed it’s heart breaking. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer. Despite undergoing treatment, another tumour emerged last year. She was a ball of light in @queenofkatwemovie and in life. By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: February 17, 2020 11:07:17 am

Actors David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o have posted tributes for Nikita Pearl on Instagram. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer. Media reports stated that Nikita was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. Nikita was in S.3. May she truly rest in peace. Directed by Mira Nair, the movie also starred David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, Esteri Tebandeke, Peter Odeke and Sheebah Karungi among others. She was a darling to many. The 2016 American biographical drama was based on the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl from Katwe slums who learns chess and wins the World Chess Olympiads. She was a darling to many. May she truly rest in piece. πŸ’”#rip
A post shared by David O (@davidoyelowo) on Feb 16, 2020 at 10:19am PST

“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. The stars of the film have also left heartfelt messages on their social media accounts. “Indeed it’s heartbreaking. Her light will live on. She will dearly be missed by everyone @gayazahigh. Her light will live on.#rip”
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β€” Gayaza High School (@gayazahigh) February 16, 2020
Nikita played the fan favourite character of Gloria, the friend of actor Madina Nalwanga’s Phiona, in Queen of Katwe. Her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age. Post the news of Nikita Pearl’s untimely demise, fans have been grieving on the internet. May it be well with her soul,” Lupita Nyong’o wrote on Instagram. R.I.P Nikita https://t.co/txwiAEHBeb
β€” Gayaza High School (@gayazahigh) February 16, 2020

Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa. She was a ball of light in @queenofkatwemovie and in life. Her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness. (Photo: Queen of Katwe/Facebook)
Nikita Pearl, known for starring in Disney’s Queen of Katwe, has died after battling brain cancer, according to media reports from Uganda. May it be well with her soul. The Twitter handle of Nikita Pearl’s school Gayaza High School posted an obit message for the young actor. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. A post shared by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on Feb 16, 2020 at 3:44pm PST

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We mourn the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. View this post on Instagram

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. R.I.P Nikita,” the tweet read. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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David Oyelowo also posted a note on Instagram that read, “We mourn the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa.