Ministry of Tourism made the right choice in choosing Naomi Campbell and not Lupita

Naomi Campbell has been the subject of controversy since the announcement yesterday that she would become the international brand ambassador for Kenyan tourism.

The supermodel who at one time was arguably the most well-known model black (or any other race on the planet) has caused a lot of hullabaloo as some Kenyans believe that she was the wrong choice for the gig.

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Even the venerable nominated MP, Millicent Omanga chimed in on Twitter calling Naomi a tired model in her rant and advocating for our very own Lupita Nyong’o. Her caption is below;

Ministry of Tourism taps Naomi Campbell, a tired model who has lost her mojo to be the Magical Kenya international Brand Ambassador and is to market Kenya as a tourism and travel destination. Why not @Lupita_Nyongo or one of our daughters of international repute? Lol.

Her sentiment was backed by a few Kenyans in the comment section who felt that Lupita might have been the superior choice for the role.

But on this one, I think that the Kenyan government got it right. Yes, even a broken clock is normally right twice a day! Why? My reasons are below:

Firstly, As a British citizen, Naomi loves our country as compiled in the numerous visits she has made to the country. Unlike other celebs, she has made a habit of not hiding her stays in the country like most other international celebs.

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Naomi Campbell with Najib Balala

That type of comfort shows someone who sees the country as a second home. So her advertising the country will come very easily to her. A great brand ambassador should be someone who loves the product they are pushing.

Secondly, I believe the co-sign of Naomi by becoming a brand ambassador of a 3rd-world tourist destination will most likely convince those who would have seen partisanship in the choice of Lupita and not bought into her marketing.

Thirdly, Lupita strikes me as someone who isn’t overly interested in marketing her country. I might be wrong but I think that she wants to come home only to privately visit family and not have to work. To prove this, just ask yourself how many times she has been seen in the country since her Oscar win in 2014?

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Lupita Nyong’o smiling

And that isn’t a diss on her, let people do what they feel comfortable doing, something I believe Naomi will do excellently in promoting Kenya to international tourists.

But I could be wrong…

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Naomi Campbell to become Magical Kenya brand ambassador

Super Model Naomi Campbell, has agreed to be Magical Kenya International Tourism Ambassador. She will help promote the marketing of Kenya as an ideal tourism and travel destination to the world.

This was agreed upon during her meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, over the weekend.

“We welcome the exciting news that Naomi Campbell will advocate for tourism and travel internationally for the magical Kenya brand” the CS said.

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Najib Campbell with Najib Balala

During the meeting Naomi commended the Government of Kenya for the improvement of infrastructure at the Coast including the upgrading of Malindi Airport to International standards adding that this will boost tourism in the region.

“I am also impressed with the world class standard facilities at the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Baobab course located in Vipingo Ridge, the only golf course accredited by the PGA in the whole of Africa. I invite golf professionals globally to visit the course to enjoy the experience.” she said.

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Mega-star musician Madonna in Kenya

US pop legend Madonna is one of the most recognisable people in the world. The musician who has adopted a child from the African continent has been touring Malawi (where she opened a dance academy in Malawi for children who want to pursue arts) and then to Kenya.

The 62-year-old music star who has six children; 24-year-old Lourdes, 20-year-old Rocco, 15-year-old David Banda, 14-year-old Mercy James and eight-year-old twins, Estere and Stella, was in Kenya this pas weekend where she visited Samburu county.


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The “Like a virgin” singer informed her 15 million followers of this new development on her Instagram page. Her caption read,

Spending time with the Samburu tribe is always an honor, “They are nomadic warriors and here the men are singing, dancing and telling stories to attract the attention of the females. 🇰🇪 ♥️”


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The legendary musician added that she had also been touring Baringo where she saw the Pokoto tribe, “Visiting the Pokot Tribe in the Baringo Valley, was a special moment for all of us. They invited us to dance with them and shared their daily prayer of thanks. 🇰🇪 #pokot #kenya”


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Madonna isn’t the only celeb who has visited the country in the past few weeks. Supermodel Naomi Campbell is was in Kenya on a private get-away in Malindi, Kilifi County in mid-December 2020.

The 50-year-old English model, actress, activist and businesswoman arrived via a private jet telling reporters, “…People should not shy away from visiting Kenya. Life in Kenya is natural and beautiful,” she said at the time.

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Met Gala 2019: All the iconic looks at fashions biggest night out

 

The brightest stars in fashion and Hollywood collide Monday at the Met Gala, the biggest party of the year thrown by the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

And three paragons of style – Gabrielle Union, Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyongo – were determined to make the most of their entrance as they commanded attention in outrageous ensembles.

See all the iconic looks on the Red Carpet

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Nicki Minaj attended the 2019 Met Gala wearing a beautiful, custom Prabal Gurung gown with a long, gorgeous train
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Ciara left us green with envy at the Met Gala
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Lupita stunned in a rainbow tulle shoulder versace gown
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Cardi B showed up on the 2019 Met Gala red carpet in a dark red Thom Browne gown with an enormous feather train
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Yara Shahidi
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Tracee Ellis Ross poses inside a picture frame while walking the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Serena Williams wore a stunning yellow creation by Atelier Versace on the red carpet
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Janelle Monae wore Christian Siriano
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The stunning actress wore a long-sleeved silver and black custom dress from Dundas
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Naomi Campbell is stunning as always on the red carpet at the 2019 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 6) i

Supermodel Naomi Campbell ends 4-month fling with ‘boring’ Liam Payne

Naomi Campbell has reportedly ended her rumored four-month whirlwind romance with Liam Payne.

The supermodel, 48, is claimed to have got ‘bored’ of the Bedroom Floor hitmaker, 25, and decided to let things ‘fizzle out’.

However, Naomi and Liam are reportedly going to ‘stay friends’ and that there are ‘no hard feelings’ between the pair.

A source told The Mirror:

Liam and Naomi had a lot of fun together, they got on well and had a laugh. But it just wasn’t meant to be. They are going to stay friends – there are no hard feelings with either of them.

Meanwhile, another source told The Sun that the supermodel was ‘bored’ of the Strip That Down hitmaker.

Naomi has taken the decision to let things fizzle out. She’s just not into Liam anymore and has cast him aside. Quite simply she got a bit bored,‘ they told the publication.

He was always the more keen, slightly needy one and, as far as she was concerned, they were never officially an item anyway. It’s always been very casual.

Speculation of a blossoming romance between the two began when they celebrated the New Year together in Ghana.

Since then the duo were reported to have been having a ‘mind-blowing’ time together in London and New York, commenting on each other’s social media posts with flirty exchanges.

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Naomi Campbell excites Kenyans with news of magazine photo shoot in Kenya

Renowned British supermodel, actress and singer Naomi Campbell is in Malindi, Kilifi county, for a working holiday.

Campbell, 48, arrived on Friday and is reportedly doing photo shoots for an international magazine.

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The supermodel, who is the former girlfriend of Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore, is with a team of over 13 other people who are doing the shooting.

Since she arrived, Naomi has been keeping a low profile, concentrating on the photo shoot.

The supermodel is staying at Lion in the Sun beach resort owned by the Italian billionaire.

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Reports indicate that she has been to Sabaki River Mouth and Che Shale.

Journalists have not been able to meet her, after the management said she did not want to give an interview or be photographed.

However, her visit is a major boost to the tourism sector, which has lately been plagued by the abduction last Tuesday of Italian aid worker Silvia Romano in Chakama, Kilifi county.

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Five people were also shot and sustained serious injuries but are currently out of danger.

Tourism players in Malindi are not worried about the incident, despite the cancellations it has caused.

Recruited at the age of 15, Naomi established herself amongst the most recognisable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 90s.

She was one of six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry and the international press.

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