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‘Queen of Katwe' actress Nikita Peal Waligwa dies

Date: 18 February 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a Ugandan student, who played a memorable role in a 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy, has died at the age of 15.
  • Queen of Katwe follows the rise of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi as a chess player amid grinding poverty in the Kampala slum of Katwe.
  • Waligwa played Gloria, a chess player younger than Phiona who memorably said in the movie that in the game of chess the small one can become the big one.