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Tributes Pour Out In Remembrance of Ugandan 'Queen of Katwe' Actor Nikita Pearl Waligwa

The 15-year-old star passed away on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer.

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, one of the young stars of Disney's Queen of Katwe, died on Sunday after a 4-year battle with brain cancer. She was 15 years-old.

The rising actress played Gloria in the 2016 film, based on the life of Chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, which also starred Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

Waligwa stood out in a scene in which she taught Phiona—who went on to excel in several international chess tournaments—the rules of the game. A pleasant presence on-screen, she delivered the memorable line: "In chess, the small one came become the big one."

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This is the third and final of our discussion with David Oyelowo. Read part 1 of the conversation here. Read part 2 here.

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Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, a deft director and a handful of amazing child actors make Queen of Katwe a film worth seeing.