Disney, actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa who starred in the Queen of Katwe, died aged 15

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Ugandan actress, Nikita Pearl Waligwa who starred in the Queen of Katwe, a Disney film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum, has died aged 15, Ugandan media report.

The 2016 film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess aged nine despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments.

It starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.

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Pearl was in was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016, which the director Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair reportedly mobilised people to help fund her treatment in India.

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