Nikita Pearl, known for starring in Disney’s Queen of Katwe, has died after battling brain cancer, according to media reports from Uganda.
Media reports stated that Nikita was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. Despite undergoing treatment, another tumour emerged last year.The Twitter handle of Nikita Pearl’s school Gayaza High School posted an obit message for the young actor. “Indeed it’s heartbreaking. She will dearly be missed by everyone @gayazahigh. She was a darling to many. R.I.P Nikita,” the tweet read.
Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age. Nikita was in S.3. Rest in Perfect Peace dear
Nikita played the fan favourite character of Gloria, the friend of actor Madina Nalwanga’s Phiona, in Queen of Katwe. The 2016 American biographical drama was based on the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl from Katwe slums who learns chess and wins the World Chess Olympiads.
Directed by Mira Nair, the movie also starred David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, Esteri Tebandeke, Peter Odeke and Sheebah Karungi among others. Post the news of Nikita Pearl’s untimely demise, fans have been grieving on the internet. The stars of the film have also left heartfelt messages on their social media accounts.