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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 report. Nikita Pearl Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. The film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess aged nine despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments. It starred Lupita Nyong'o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher. Waligwa played the role of Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her. She was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly mobilised 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 but last year was found to have another tumour.
Uganda's Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15
Stars of the film Queen of Katwe have paid tribute to actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa who has died at the age of Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and died in hospital in Kampala on Saturday. She starred in the Disney film which was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum.
Queen of Katwe is a American biographical drama feature film  directed by Mira Nair and written by William Wheeler. She and her younger brother help their mother sell maize in the market. She also helps care for her baby brother.