Lupita mocking Kenyans might be the smoking gun that validates Najib Balala

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.


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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;

Lupita vs Najib Balala: Who is telling the truth in their recent spat

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.

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…

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Chunga Omar Lali!!! Lupita Nyong’o warned as she vacations in Lamu

Lupita Nyong’o dominated the headlines earlier this year after British supermodel Naomi Campbell was given the gig to promote Kenyan tourism to international travelers.

A serious debate ensued with many asking Najib Balala why our own famous export hadn’t been used to promote magical Kenya?

The cabinet secretary responded by saying that getting to the Oscar-winning actress had been a tall task, otherwise the government would have offered her the job.

Miss Nyong’o on her part denied that she had ever been called by the government. While we might never know the truth between the two, one thing we can see is that it has changed Lupita’s traveling habits.

Lupita who usually keeps a very very low profile when she comes to Kenya has decided to announce to every Kenyan that she is at the coast.

Yep, the thespian who has nary made a public visit to the country the last 8 years decided to reveal her whereabouts, something she hasn’t done since her celebrity status exploded.

Mmm…I wonder why? But I digress. The reason I write this story is how Kenyans have decided to turn her triumphant return promoting her lovely Kenya to speak about Omar Lali-the old man implicated in the death of Keroche heiress, Tecra Muigai.

Check out some of the hilarious comments below:

But Naomi Campell ashaapita na kazi yako you can look for Omar Lali it’s the only gift we can give you now.

Say hi to the goat Goat himself Omar Lali

Omar Lali do what do best

Don’t go back before meeting Comrade Omar Lali,

Watch out…Omar Lali is following

Be careful not to meet our legendary OMAR LALI….He is lethal, if he captures you, even acting will be read in story books…

Hope you are not near Shela Omar Lali’s headquarters

Be careful kasin, that’s the land of Omar Lali

My sister RUN, RUN Away Lari Omar is Around, if you you know

Salamia omar lali jaber Uyo ni superstar iyo maeneo

Umepatana Omar Lali ama hauna connections

Omar Lali ako huko.. Kamsalimie.

Omar Lali representing

Chunga Omar Lali na ile handbag yake, asikukaribie nyar Gem

Ukiona mzee fulani na locks kwa kichwa na ndevu mingi za white, Nyaseme run for your life. The guy gets what he wants and then you will never go back to the Hollywood. Anaitwa #Omarlali

That is what the women say after meeting Omar Lali.

omar lali mboga ndio hiyo.

My sister RUN, RUN Away Lari Omar is Around, if you, you know.

Chunga Omar Lali na ile handbag yake, asikukaribie nyar Gem.

Omar Lali liked your tweet.

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Lupita in animated series about a 10-year-old Kenyan girl with superpowers

 

 

International women’s day served as a surprise for many when Lupita Nyongo shared a clip on her social media about an online short series for children.

The show is about Sema, a ten year old Kenyan girl with super powers. Lupita partnered with a Kenyan start up for this new YouTube Originals kids and family program. She also voices a character in the series that has 12 episodes.

The Black Panther star shared a video on Instagram with behind-the-scenes footage of herself recording the Super Sema trailer.

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on the Super Sema YouTube channel,

“She’s a maker, creator, a super technovator,” Lupita sings in the theme song. “Who is this girl who’s gonna change the world? It’s super super super Sema . . . It’s time to show the world what every kid can do, ’cause you can change the world. Yeah, you are super, too!”

She spoke about it saying in an interview with Variety magazine

“I am grateful that these women are helping to eradicate the scarcity of Black female protagonists in television and am honored to work alongside them,. There has been historically a stubborn ignorance and underestimation of the African entertainment market . . . The more African stories we tell, the more emboldened we as Africans get, and the more global curiosity we create and serve.”

Episodes of Super Sema aim to teach young viewers about science, math, technology, engineering, art, and more.

“As a Kenyan, I could not be prouder of Super Sema’s introduction to the world and the opportunities that Kukua provides for our local creative community to produce entertainment that reflects our culture.” Watch the series trailer and the first eight episodes with the little one in your life here.

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Oscar’s Lupita produces ‘Super Sema’ first kid’s superhero animated series in Africa

Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’o is the executive producer of ‘Super Sema’, a YouTube original series and the first kid’s superhero animated series in Africa.

Lupita has partnered with tech startup Kukua, and the series will be launched on Monday, March 8.

“We’re super excited to announce that the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o joined us to produce ‘Super Sema’! Our new YouTube Originals series is Africa’s first kid superhero animated series,” read a statement on Kukua’s social media.

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Kukua’s mission is to empower children of the 21st century with the skills and capacity to dream beyond what they think is possible and to imagine and create a better world.

“This mission brought to life Super Sema, a young African girl who uses creativity, determination and steam powers to change the world.”

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The statement continues to read, 

“Lupita embodies all that Super Sema represents, so it really is a dream come true for us to have her on our team.”

Lupita will voice a special guest character in the series and will be the voice of the official trailer.

Lupita wrote on Instagram;

“This is Sema, an extraordinary African girl on a mission to change the world with the power of determination, creativity, science and technology!” 

Lupita Nyong’o says Black Panther 2 without Chadwick will be different

 
Lupita Nyong’o spoke about what ‘Black Panther 2’ will look like without what she called ‘Our King’ Chadwick Boseman.

During her appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday, Nyong’o admitted that it’s going to be different without “our King” in the Marvel universe.

“It’s gonna be different, of course, without our King to go back into that world, but I know that all of us are dedicated to re-imagining or carrying on his legacy in this new Black Panther, and [director] Ryan Coogler has some really, really exciting ideas that I look forward to bringing to life with the rest of the family,” the 355 actress revealed.

Boseman’s sudden passing in August 2020 left fans reeling, and speculation regarding Black Panther 2 has flooded the minds of movie goers, It was said that Chadwck Boseman will not be recreated with CGI, nor will he be recast.

Before the untimely passing of Boseman, the sequel was set for release on May 6, 2022.

The first Black Panther, released in 2018, told the story of new king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in the aftermath of his father’s death as he grapples with the secrets left behind and how to best lead his country.

Wakanda forever.

Dear Classic 105 fam, are you excited for this sequel and what do you think they will do about Chadwicks role?

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Poll results-Kenyans believe Lupita Nyong’o in spat with Balala over magical Kenya

Najib Balala, Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Campbell were on many Kenyans lips the past few weeks and the reason being that Naomi had been named as Magical Kenya’s international ambassador.

Many asked the ministry of Tourism headed by Najib Balala why they had decided to use the British model while Kenyan export Lupita Nyong’o was someone they could reliably use?

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Naomi Campbell with Najib Balala

Najib answered that Lupita had been unavailable with Balala claiming that his ministry had unsuccessfully tried to get in touch with Lupita Nyong’o for five years now before opting for the British supermodel.

“I know everybody is asking why not Lupita. Lupita has commitments and her managers cannot allow us to access her. We’ve spent the last five years looking for Lupita,” Mr. Balala said.

 

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Lupita Nyong’o smiling

 

But in a quick rejoinder, Lupita retorted sarcastically on her Twitter page, writing;

“Me when I hear the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism has been looking for me for fives years. #Imrightherebaby #alternativefacts #NikoWakanda.”

Two different stories. Who is telling the truth? I put the question to the Classic105 audience and an overwhelming majority believe Lupita’s version of events.

The polls result is below:

 

Some comments to the poll are below:

She visits kenya only once in a bluemoon,to cut the crap Short, she will take it as Totally business…..we want a person who’ll market out tourism sector with love.

Who believes a politician in Kenya?

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Lupita vs Najib Balala: Who is telling the truth in their recent spat

Najib Balala, Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Campbell have been on many Kenyans lips the past few weeks. The reason for that? The announcement that Naomi had been named as Magical Kenya’s international ambassador.

Naomi Campbell with Najib Balala
Naomi Campbell with Najib Balala

Many asked the ministry of Tourism headed by Najib Balala why they had decided to use the British model while Kenyan export Lupita Nyong’o was someone they could reliably use?

Najib answered that Lupita had been unavailable with Balala claiming that his ministry had unsuccessfully tried to get in touch with Lupita Nyong’o for five years now before opting for the British supermodel.

“I know everybody is asking why not Lupita. Lupita has commitments and her managers cannot allow us to access her. We’ve spent the last five years looking for Lupita,” Mr. Balala said.

But in a quick rejoinder, Lupita retorted sarcastically on her Twitter page, writing;

“Me when I hear the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism has been looking for me for fives years. #Imrightherebaby #alternativefacts #NikoWakanda.”

Two different stories. Who is telling the truth? I believe then it is somewhere in the middle. I believe that the Tourism ministry did try to contact Lupita after her famous Oscar win but were most likely unsuccessful in getting a response from her.

And who can blame the actress? The offers she was probably inundated with after the win (and her subsequent fame) didn’t allow for most people who wanted access to her to get it.

A good manager is normally a gatekeeper for their client and is the one who analyses what offers their busy client should see. In this case, I think that her managers might not have apprised/given her the offer from the Tourism ministry.

For Lupita’s manager’s the priority list for her at the time would most likely have been great movie roles to capitalise on her win. So any other offers (like the Tourism ministry offer) would be rejected or not even considered by her managers.


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So it is possible that what Balala and Lupita are saying is true. One offered and the other most likely didn’t know an offer had been made.

But that is my opinion. Who do you believe?

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The 355! Lupita Nyongo stars in an all female cast spy thriller 

Days after announcing her children’s book Sulwe will be translated to Kiswahili and Luo, 12 years a slave actress Lupita Nyongo has thrilled fans once again.

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Lupita has shared a trailer of an action packed, suspense movie she will be starring in.

The first trailer for ‘The 355,’ an upcoming action-adventure spy thriller, has been released. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Fan Bingbing.

The film revolves around a select team of female spies forced to work together to stop an evil plan from being executed. Uhm sound familiar? The all female team is dubbed the code-name 355 in honor of Agent 355, the first female spy in the American Revolution.
“355” was filmed in 2019, but some scenes were shot in the last few months for additional serpcenes according to the producers.
Universal Pictures is set to release “355” in theaters January 15, 2021. Watch the first trailer for the spy thriller in the video below.

Lupita’s new book Sulwe to be translated to Kiswahili and Luo

Award winning actress Lupita Nyongo’s childrens book Sulwe will be translated to Kiswahili and Luo.

The book will be translated, published, and distributed by Bunk Books.

For those who don’t know Sulwe, is a powerful, moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

It will now be available at book shops and other outlets across East Africa, and is distributed by and available at all Text Book Centre outlets at Ksh. 1,190.00.

Sulwe follows the story of a young girl with skin the colour of midnight. She wants to be beautiful and bright like her mother and sister. A magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

With beautiful illustrations by Vashti Harrison, Sulwe, teaches young children to see their own unique beauty.

“A welcome celebration of Black girls, an important lesson for all kids
(and grownups), and a necessary message for any child who has been
made to feel unworthy of love on account of their looks.”

-BOOKLIST

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Through the Kiswahili and Luo translations, young children, along with parents and guardians,
are encouraged to absorb new work in indigenous languages. Lupita Nyong’o says;

“I am very proud to finally be debuting my book, Sulwe, at home in Kenya in
English, Kiswahili and my mother tongue, Luo. It has been a dream of mine to have Sulwe
published in indigenous languages as a way to celebrate them and keep them
alive and relevant. I hope readers enjoy Sulwe’s adventure as she discovers the beauty within.”

Sulwe has received critical acclaim since its initial publication in the USA in October 2019.

The stunning picture book is a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and the NAACP Image

Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work. Sulwe has appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers
list for 13 weeks.

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Lupita Nyongo’s sister in law shares details of super private wedding with Vogue magazine

 
Wanja Wohoro, the newest member of the Nyongo family has opened up about the perfect and private wedding.

The article titled Wanja Wohoro and Junior Nyong’o’s Intimate Garden Ceremony in Their Hometown of Nairobi’ has garnered lots of interest from her fans and followers.

@WanjaWohoro..So um.. @voguemagazine @vogueweddings did a profile on our smol lil DIY wedding…….. Exploding head. So much thanks to
@overthemoon for thiS!

So beautiful! Junior Nyong’o marries singer Wanja Wohoro (photos)

She met Junior Nyongo back in 2015 when she had come home for a vacation from Australia. The cute moment happened at a New Years Eve party, where hearts fluttered.

Wanja is a musician and Junior is an actor cum DJ, so their love for music was a uniting factor.Junior Married

She told Vogue magazine that “He made me a drink, and we got to talking about music and that was that, really: Love,” Wanja says. “From that day, things just progressed and grew despite us both going back to study in Florida and Sydney, respectively.”

From that magical moment they dated until 2019 when Junior proposed and speaking of their four year dating.

He also planned the proposal to have her family surprise her the moment she said yes in Tigoni. He inscribed her favorite poem in the ring. Cute!

Their wedding was to happen in May, but they postponed it owing to covid 19. It took place in July.

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Junior Nyong’o with his new wife 1

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The cute couple had to make hard decisions and in a back and forth communication with family and friends they settled on a date and scrambled to plan the big day. They now plan to relocate to another country in 2021.

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Lupita Nyong’o reveals little known details about loneliness while working

As the Bible aptly states, “Money answereth all things, ” something Lupita Nyong’o is likely aware of. The Kenyan actress is well-heeled financially and probably understands the veracity of this phrase firsthand.

Lupita Nyong'o in black and white
Lupita Nyong’o in black and white

The verse was attributed to the richest man in the Bible-King Solomon. Since money is the means by which material things are obtained, it “meets a response in all things.”

Solomon was fabulously wealthy but he knew that riches had their limitations. He recognised that a materialistic way of life does not unlock the door to happiness.

These 3 eligible bachelors could wife-up exquisite Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita recently revealed the tough times she goes through when filming movies. The actress who has all the money she could spend for many lifetimes still desires something only her family can give her-their time, love and companionship.

Lupita Nyong'o with her mother
Lupita Nyong’o with her mother

The Hollywood star recently spoke to British Vogue saying that movie sets can be very lonely places for actors and actresses during shoots.

She explained that she normally gets lonely when fellow cast members go home to their families after their shoots, a privilege she does not enjoy.

“Filming is so time-consuming and intense. With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single. Everyone, when they are done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense. When you don’t have that it’s very isolating,” she disclosed.

Lupita, Trevor and her mother
Lupita, Trevor and her mother

It should be noted that Kenya’s finest and most well-known actress has no family members abroad as all of them reside in the motherland.

Question is would you rather be like Lupita(with all the money in the world and be far apart from family) or have all the time for family but with little in terms of money?

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Lupita Nyong’o among Forbes list of the 50 most powerful women in Africa

Lupita Nyong’o just keeps on piling up the accolades after she was been named among the 50 most powerful and influential women from across the continent by Forbes Magazine Africa.

The Forbes List that was released on Friday 13th March, is aimed to celebrate women who are changing the status quo in the continent ranging from media personalities to businesswomen, artists, and political leaders.

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Miss Nyong’o

Ms. Lupita was recognized for being a voice for women, especially black women and teaching them to live boldly despite their skin color. When she won the Oscar for best-supporting actress in 2014 for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, it inspired young girls to continue pursuing their dreams since they could also make it.

Her book Sulwe that was inspired by Nyong’o’s childhood experiences, has become a New York Times best-seller.

The cover of Lupita's book
The cover of Lupita’s book

There were only two Kenyans on the list; Lupita and Jennifer Riria, the Group CEO of Echo Network Africa and founding member of Kenya Women Finance Trust.

These 3 eligible bachelors could wife-up exquisite Lupita Nyong’o

Mozambican politician and humanitarian Graca Machel, the widow of both former presidents of Mozambique and South Africa Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela made it to the list as well as Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Lupita with Oprah Winfrey in a file photo

This comes a few weeks after she bagged two awards at the 51st NAACP Image Awards that was held on Saturday 22nd February at Los Angeles.

Ms Lupita won the best actress award for her role in Jordan Peele’s horror movie ‘US’ and her book Sulwe which follows the story of a young girl who wishes for her dark skin to be lighter, won the Outstanding literary work for children.

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These 3 eligible bachelors could wife-up exquisite Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o celebrated her 37th birthday this past week. The Hollywood star decided to embrace a more conservative mode of dressing but just for a while.

The beauty, who is in Nigeria working on a project with writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, brought the internet to a standstill after stepping out in an African kitenge that accentuated her pretty petite figure.

Lupita Nyong'o wearing African attire

Her head was decorated by an African crown that was in the form of a blue fabric headgear wrapped so professionally it looked like it was part of her skin.

Even the international model Naomi Campbell could not get enough of how yummy she looked in the cute outfit. While many might be amazed at how effortlessly she looked in the kitenge, my mind drifted…

The actress looking regal
The actress looking regal

Lupita has a career that puts most people on this universe to shame and I wonder which man has the cojones, the beauty, and class to match her in marriage? Ama she shouldn’t ever get married!?

Ngeos! Lupita Nyongo’s Kitenge fashion is all the inspiration we need today

I went back to her past and revisited some of the men she has had excellent chemistry with who could potentially put a ring on it. Yes, all these men are also Hollywood stars and that is how it goes in the celebrity world. Stars date stars.

Lupita with Oprah Winfrey
Lupita with Oprah Winfrey in a file photo

I came up with a shortlist of 3;

Trevor Noah

The two have bee linked a lot in the past with Miss Nyong’o visiting Trevor’s show numerously. Trevor has even posed with Lupita and her mother during one of their meetings. A future mother-in-law? Hmm?

Lupita Nyong'o and Trevor Noah
Lupita Nyong’o and Trevor Noah
Lupita, Trevor and her mother
Lupita, Trevor and her mother

Michael B Jordan

The two starred on the very popular Marvel movie “Black Panther”. Since then, the two have been seen at many meet-ups with their glorious photos making us think of what could be?

Lupita Nyong'o and Micheal B Jordan enjoying themselves

Lupita Nyong'o and Micheal B Jordan posing
Lupita Nyong’o and Micheal B Jordan posing

Winston Duke

Miss Nyongo’s “US” co-star was also a prominent character in Black Panther with the two later hooking up on the Jordan Peele horror movie.

Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke
Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke

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Their friendship looks deep from the photos of the two together. And damn, who wouldn’t want to date a 6 foot 4 man? Lupita are you hearing?

Do you agree?

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Disney’s Queen of Katwe Actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies of brain tumor at 15

 

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young Ugandan newcomer who starred in “Queen of Katwe,” the 2016 Disney film about a chess champion’s coming of age, has died of a brain tumor. She was 15.

The young actress had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, and was cleared of the disease before it recurred.

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Nikita Queen of Katwe

2016 film was based on true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess aged 9 despite not being in school, went on to compete in international tournaments.

She had been battling a tumour for about 3 years.

David Oyelowo paid tribute to the young star: “We mourn the loss of our beautiful Nikita Pearl Waligwa. She was a ball of light in Queen of Katwe and in life. Her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness. Her light will live on”

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Nikita Pearl

Lupita mourned her saying

It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. May she truly rest in piece. May it be well with her soul.

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Chocolate Goddess: Fans praise Lupita Nyongo for Critics Choice gown

 
The 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards went down at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongo showed off her custom made Michael Kors dress.

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Lupita Nyongo Critics Choice Awards

 

Lupita Nyongo’s chocolate brown halter neck dress for the awards landed her among the best dressed list for the night.

The color, and leather racer back and a soft crepe skirt, was something she wanted to try out according to an interview she did with Vogue magazine, where she revealed she wanted to push the boundaries.

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Lupita’s chocolate brown dress

Fans have taken note of her choice of dress and labelled her a chocolate goddess. Read comments.
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Brown on brown, say wow backwards
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Great dress!
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Chocolate beauty. Just gorgeous 💞
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Honey and cocoa!!! You are truly stunning And beautiful!
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Chocolate👏🏽 goddess 👏🏽🔥🔥🔥

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‘My one prayer was to become light-skinned’ Lupita tells Oprah

Lupita Nyong’o is living the life many would envy. From becoming an unlikely Oscar winner to a Hollywood star, a children’s writer and a fashion icon all at the same time!

Extraordinary Black Women: Lupita and mum Dorothy to be honored for  Arts education

She recently added to her accolades when she was a guest at Oprah Winfrey’s home on Friday, October 25. Taking to Twitter, the talk show host revealed that they sat down to talk about her new book Sulwe and her Oscar Award.

The cover of Lupita's book
The cover of Lupita’s book

Lupita Nyongo is black girl magic personified and now she’s spreading that magic to kids everywhere with her new book Sulwe. She came to my house to talk about this love letter to herself and her fateful Oscars night. Our conversation airs this Sat 10/26 at 8 pm on Own TV,” Oprah wrote.

Lupita with Oprah Winfrey
Lupita with Oprah Winfrey

In the video, Oprah was seen holding up the book that portrays a powerful, moving picture about colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

In the book, Lupita writes about the challenges that the dark-skinned girl encounters and the lessons that children learn and then spends the rest of her life unlearning.

Lupita with Oprah Winfrey
Lupita with Oprah Winfrey

The actress explained that the inspiration for the book was drawn from not feeling beautiful.

‘This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned,’ she related.

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Lupita Nyongo meets all female army who inspired Black Panther 

 

Oscar winner Lupita Nyongo has teamed up with Channel 4 for a brand new TV documentary, during which the Black Panther star will travel to Benin, West Africa to discover more about a formidable all-female army.

Lupita Nyong’o aims to uncover the history of the often overlooked Agoji warriors, and with the help of extensive research, the Channel 4 doc will offer viewers an epic journey into their incredible story.

Nyong’o revealed that Black Panther’s all-female warrior tribe, known as the Dora Milaje, were inspired by the real Agoji warriors

She wrote on her Instagram:

‪I had an extremely rewarding adventure visiting Benin to find out the deeper story behind the prolific warrior women known as the Agoji, that inspired the Dora Milaje in our movie #BlackPanther. 

Lupita also shared some behind the scene photos of her moment in the country below

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Lupita Nyongo announces joining anti hunger campaign

 
Lupita Nyongo is lending her famous faces to a very good cause. Lupita has teamed up with Michael Kors to star in the brand’s fifth annual Watch Hunger Stop Campaign in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

This move will be rigth as the world anticipates marking the World Food Day on October 16.

The proceeds from the campaign will go towards providing meals for children in need around the globe.

Lupita shared a statement that she is proud and honored to be part of such a cause

I admire @MichaelKors’ commitment to stopping worldwide hunger and I’m delighted to join his Watch Hunger Stop campaign. In partnership with the World Food Programme, they have delivered over 18 million meals to children in need including funding meals for schools. For every post with #WatchHungerStop, @MichaelKors will donate 100 meals to the WFP.

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