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Uganda’s Queen of Katwe Star Dies at 15

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AN actress who starred in the Queen of Katwe, a Disney film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum has died aged 15, Ugandan media reports.

Nikita Pearl Waligwa was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 the Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly mobilised people to help fund her treatment in India as Ugandan doctors said they did not have the necessary equipment.

She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year was found to have another tumour.

The 2016 film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess at nine years despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments.

Waligwa played the role of Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.

 

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