Lupita Nyong’o has been gallivanting across East Africa this past month. The curious thing about her visit to her homeland is how much effort and time she has put into making sure people know where she is and what she is doing.
This is unlike her previous visits to her homeland where she came and left like a spy, with many shocked that she had been in the country with nary a whisper.
What could have changed about the Oscar winner’s thought process and attitude? Could it be a little incident that occurred early this year, when Kenyans were up in arms about British supermodel Naomi Campbell becoming Kenya’s Tourism ambassador at the expense of our home-grown talent in Lupita?
I have a big suspicion that that might be the case. At the height of the backlash, Najib Balala the Tourism CS delivered a defense where he stated that it wasn’t for want of trying by his ministry.
He explained that they had tried to get in contact with the Hollywood star for many years but had been unsuccessful. Lupita herself refuted that claim with her own tongue-in-cheek response where she questioned the validity of the CS’s statement. Read more about it in the article below;
But it seems that the actress might be giving the CS’s defense plenty of ammunition with a recent post she made on her Twitter page.
In it, the governor’s daughter seems to be mocking Kenyans over their desire for her to prove her love for her country.
Them: prove you love your counrty.
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 7, 2021
This came mere days after the “Black Panther” had posted images that seemed to promote Tanzanian tourism at the expense of her own country Kenya.
Her controversial tweet set many Kenyans on edge with many calling her out. Some of the comments are below;
Nobody loves you here either…or this country …wait that movie that won you a grammy…DJ Afro never did it…mind asking why…should I continue!
When growing up, we had friends who always wanted to be associated with some well-off families to a point of disowing their very own family. You and Elsa are such kind. No need to tell the world you don’t love your Kenya. Just be you and let us build our very own motherland. Victory hand
So lupita came to Kenya and expected a Queen’s welcome but what Kenyans didn’t mind her just like the way we didn’t mind Salah..tuko na matatizo mengi bana hatuna time ya kuwakumbuka.
This is the person you wanted to be your tourism ambassador?!
Wacheni aringe.. Ata huko alienda ‘hapendwi.’.. Ni ujeuri tu
The comments above are a shift from the nearly unanimous support she got from Kenyans after the announcement of Miss Campbell as the Tourism ambassador.
For my part, I think her recent deep foray back into the Kenyan mainstream and consciousness using her social media, reveals a person who is trying too hard to counter any negative connotations that Najib’s statement might have caused-That she was unavailable when called upon to proudly support her motherland.
But methinks her mocking Kenyans is a bad look and betrays “a better thou you” attitude, something that Najib and the Tourism Ministry might have encountered all those years ago when they unsuccessfully tried to enlist her.
But what do I know…