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Lupita Nyong’o eulogizes ‘Queen of Katwe’ star Nikita Waligwa who has passed away aged 15

Young star Nikita Waligwa has passed away from brain cancer.

The beautiful Ugandan actress passed away at the age of 15 after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. The teen played ‘Phiona Mutesi’ a friend to the main character ‘Gloria’ who was champion chess player; in ‘Queen of Katwe’. She suffered from a brain tumor that required treatment. According to the BBC, “she was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director reportedly mobilized 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 tumor.”

The news became public on Sunday, as Nikita’s school Gayaza High School tweeted about the unfortunate event.

Co-star Lupita Nyong’o who acted alongside the young actress took to Instagram where she shared her condolences writing, ” 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. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life, she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer.

David Oyelowo also from the Queen of Katwe cast also described Nikita as “a ball of light.” Describing Nikita’s spirit he went on to add, “her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness.”

Disney production ‘Queen of Katwe’ was first released in September 2016. The Mira Nair-directed film has earned several awards including the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Young Actor as well as the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 2017.

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