Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies at Aged 15

Nikita Pearl WaligwaThis is such a sad day for the world.  Nikita lost her battle with brain cancer.

In 2016 Nikita was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Sadly, Ugandan doctors weren’t equipped to treat her cancer.  As a result, the director of Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair, raised funding for her treatment in India. 

After she was given a clean bill of health in 2017 another tumor was found last year.  And, she died today in the hospital.  She was only 15 years old.

Sometimes life seems so unfair.

I truly enjoyed watching Nikita play the role of Gloria in the Queen of Katwe.  She was brilliant at her craft.  She knew how to pull the audience into her character.  For me, she transported me to the slums of Africa and caused my emotions to be jostled back and forth with highs and lows of life.

At the being of the movie Nikita caused me to call her a mean little girl and at the end of the film she had stolen my heart as she supported her teammates.

May this wonderful young actress rest in peace.