Actress Lupita Nyong’o has mourned the death of Nikita Waligwa, who played the role of Gloria in Queen of Katwe.
Nikita Waligwa died following a battle with brain cancer at the age of 15.
In a long social media post, Lupita described the late Waligwa as a sweet, warm and talented girl who acted with vibrancy.
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She continued by passing his thoughts and prayers to her family.
“It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe.
She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life, she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon.
May she truly rest in peace. May it be well with her soul.”
Nikita Waligwa’s journey with brain cancer
Diagnosed with cancer in 2016, Waligwa saw people of goodwill raise funds to meet her medical bill in India.
She was treated and declared cancer-free in 2017 following a series of treatments.
In 2019, she was diagnosed with another tumor which led to her death.