Younger Ugandan who starred in a Disney chess film dies at 15

A Ugandan pupil who played a memorable diagram in a 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy has died on the age of 15

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February 16, 2020, 4: 10 PM

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KAMPALA, Uganda —
A Ugandan pupil who played a memorable diagram in a 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy has died on the age of 15.

Nikita Pearl Waligwa died on Saturday at a sanatorium advance the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The rationale used to be a brain tumor, in step with the ladies‘ secondary college she had attended since 2018.

She used to be „a darling to many,” Gayaza Excessive College said on Twitter.

Local media reported that Waligwa had been out and in of sanatorium with a routine brain tumor and had beforehand bought treatment, including surgical diagram, in India.

Tributes had been coming in for her on social media as Ugandans expressed disappointment and recalled her diagram in the 2016 film directed by Mira Nair and filmed in Kampala.

“Queen of Katwe” follows the upward thrust of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi as a chess participant amid grinding poverty in the Kampala slum of Katwe, with her single mother barely ready to toughen her and her two siblings. Mutesi falls below the spell of an unassuming chess teacher who encourages the baby to be taught the game despite the skepticism of her mother, who warns her no longer to dream gargantuan attributable to “you should be disappointed.”

The film used to be bought favorably in Uganda, the assign younger participants without a performing journey shared the limelight with stars admire Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. One amongst those Ugandans used to be Waligwa, who played Gloria, a chess participant younger than Phiona who memorably said in the film that in the game of chess “the minute one can turn out to be the gargantuan one.”


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