- A young actress, Nikita Waligwa, has died after a battle with cancer
- She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and later treated in India
- The Ugandan teen actress starred alongside Lupita Nyong'o in a Disney film
Ugandan teen actress Nikita Walingwa has been confirmed to have died.
The actress, who starred in the Queen of Katwe movie alongside Kenyan star Lupita Nyong'o, passed on at the tender age of 15.
The late Nikita had earlier been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
According to BBC, she was first diagnosed with the tumour in 2016 but Ugandan doctors said they had no necessary equipment to help in her treatment.
Nikita was flown to India after the intervention of Mira Nair, the director of Queen of Katwe, who helped in obtaining donations for her travel.
In 2017, the young Nikita was given the all-clear but in 2018, she was said to have another tumour.
The movie she took part in was based on the true story of a young chess player, Phiona Mutesi, who started chess at age nine and went on to be a world star.
It starred Lupita Nyong'o as Phiona's mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.
Nikita's character was called Gloria and she was a friend to Phiona, Lupita's daughter in the movie.
Gloria would then help Phiona by explaining the rules of chess to her.
The late Nikita was a senior three student at Gayaza High School even at the time of her death.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.
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