Nikita Waligwa: 15-year-old who acted alongside Lupita Nyong'o in Queen of Katwe dies; tears flow

Nikita Waligwa: 15-year-old who acted alongside Lupita Nyong'o in Queen of Katwe dies; tears flow

- The young actress Nikita Waligwa died after battling 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 the Disney film

Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in

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.

READ ALSO: Video of first dance from Despite's 1st son & Tracy Ameyaw’s wedding reception pops up

Actress Nikita Waligwa who starred alongside Lupita Nyong'o in Queen of Katwe dies aged 15

Actress Nikita Waligwa from Uganda died at the tender age of 15 years Photo: Newsbomb
Source: UGC

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.

READ ALSO: Video of pastor's powerful prophesy of Tracy's lavish wedding to Kwame Despite's son pops up

Ugandan actress Nikita Waligwa who starred alongside Lupita in Queen of Katwe dies aged 15

The young Nikita Waligwa was suffering from cancer
Source: UGC

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 9 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 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.

In other stories, YEN.com.gh previously reported that amid an unrivaled display of luxury and pageantry of horses, the wedding of Kennedy Asante Osei, the first son of Ghanaian business titan Osei Kwame Despite and his fiancée Tracy Ameyaw, finally came off over the week.

The current General Manager of Despite Media Group first tied the knot with his fiancée Tracy in a traditional wedding ceremony in Accra on Thursday February 13, 2020, and later followed up with a lavish white wedding ceremony at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Shiashi-Accra on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

A video making rounds online affirms the the marriage of Tracy Ameyaw was undoubtedly engineered by God.

Faces of Ghana: Ghana’s 1st Female Police Bemoans High Rate of Police Indiscipline | #Yencomgh

Subscribe to watch new videos

Enjoyed reading our story? Download YEN's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major Ghana news!

Your stories and photos are always welcome. Get interactive via our Facebook page.

Source: Yen

Mailfire view pixel