Lupita Nyong’o shares her “great sadness” at the death of “sweet, warm, talented” Queen of Katwe co-star Nikita Waligwa, 15
- David Oyelowo, who also played in Queen Of Katwe, also paid tribute and said that Mikita “will live on the light”
- Nikita played Gloria in the 2016 film about an Ugandan chess wonder
- She was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016
- The young actress underwent radiotherapy and was declared cancer-free in 2017, but another tumor developed later
- She died on Saturday in a hospital in the Ugandan capital Kampala
She played with child actress Nikita Waligwa in the 2016 film Queen Of Katwe.
And on Sunday, Lupita Nyong’o went along Instagram to share her feelings on the news that Nikita, 15, died on Saturday evening in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
The 12-year-old A Slave Oscar winner said she was filled with “great sorrow” and described Nikita as a “sweet, warm, talented girl.
She wrote: ‘In her real life she had the enormous challenge of fighting brain cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community, because they think it’s good to say goodbye so quickly. May she really rest in pieces (sic). May her soul be well. “
‘Great sorrow’: she played with child actress Nikita Waligwa in the 2016 film Queen Of Katwe. And on Sunday Lupita Nyong’o shares her feelings on the news that Nikita, 15, died on Saturday evening of brain cancer in the Ugandan capital Kampala
Compassion: “My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community when they have to come to terms with saying goodbye so quickly,” wrote the Kenyan-Mexican actress, 36,
Lupita, 36, played the mother of Ugandan chess wonder Phiona Mutesi in the drama based on a true story.
Phiona was born in a slum in Kampala, learned chess by a Christian counselor, and her gift for chess helped her and her family out of poverty.
Nikita played Gloria, one of Phiona’s friends.
Child star: Nikita, pictured in 2016, played Gloria, a friend of child chess wonder Phiona Mutesi, who could escape the crushing poverty of a Ugandan slum in the biopic
Nikita was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and was declared cancer-free after radiotherapy in 2017.
Shortly after the young person’s first diagnosis, her mother Rachel Asiimwe Waligwa was diagnosed with cancer and was only given two months to live. But she survived against all odds and called her recovery a “miracle.”
Nikita was subsequently diagnosed with another tumor and died in a hospital in Kamapala, according to reports in Ugandan media.
“Her light will live”: David Oyelowo, who also played in Queen Of Katwe, also paid tribute to “our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa on Instagram
Sad: Oyelowo said it had been “humiliating” to witness the teenager’s struggle with brain cancer
David Oyelowo, who also played in Queen Of Katwe, also placed a tribute to Nikita and communicated Instagram.
“We are grieving the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa,” he wrote. “She was a light ball in @queenofkatwemovie and in life. Her fight with a brain tumor was humble to see. Her light will live on. #Rest in peace.’
Gayaza High School, where Nikita Pearl was a student before her death, shared a tribute to Twitter.
They wrote: “Goodbye, Nikita Pearl Waligwa.
‘You were a favorite for many and we lost you to a brain tumor at such a young age. Nikita was in S.3. Rest in perfect peace dear. “
The BBC reported that Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair had raised money to help the young actress pay for her medical treatments in India, where she was operated on the recurring brain tumor.