Kenya has been in the spotlight of the world for a while as the last President of the free world is Kenyan. Well, this is not just an evolution for Kenya but Africa as a whole. Amongst other we give insight into a Kenyan actress who has broken the African walls down in Hollywood and is also shaping the fashion industry, Lupita Nyong’o.
She is a Mexican born and Kenyan raised actress. She attended college in the United States, where she got a bachelor’s degrees in Film and Theatre studies. However, She officially has began he career in Hollywood as a production assistant , in 2008 she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga in (2009). After a few years of being in the film industry, she shot into the limelight with her debut role in her first feature film 12 years a Slave (2013) where she took on the as Patsey a slave who worked alongside Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor). With the amount of traction she went on to be nominated for several among which she won and became the first African actress to win an Academy Award and the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar. With the stride in which she is making her mark in Hollywood, she has given a lot of aspiring African actresses hope that they can make it big even with their first movie. It took her the first major feature film try to gain this much recognition.
Lupita did not stop as she showed more zeal to become even better at what she does and also represent her African heritage appropriately. The awards received are a great deal but she hasn’t stopped there. She went on to take other Hollywood challenging roles, like her role in The Jungle Book, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and upcoming Black Panther (2018). She is an epitome of talent, hard work and drive.
Acting aside, she has brought a lot of attention and has influenced people to appreciate the African beauty. This was clearly stated in a speech she gave in February 2014, at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood, where she talked about her teenage insecurities and how she later learned to appreciate her African beauty.
This beautiful actress has made it possible for Africa and not just people with black skin to be recognized in the world. It is different to just have an African heritage, only evident through skin color but Lupita stands for everything African and does not shy away from showing it. With her influence she has taken on humanitarian works like advocating globally for elephant life as well as promoting women issues, acting and the arts.
The beauty and fashion world is not left behind as the actress has graced the cover of various magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky Magazine and Vogue, amongst others. She is the second African woman to be on the cover of Vogue which she appeared on in July 2014, October 2015 and October 2016 and the first African woman who made history by being the Face of international Cosmetic Giant Lancome Paris.
The major point about how much Lupita has managed to achieve within a shorter time than most who are on the same level is that she has remained true to her African background. This is seen numerous times on her red carpet appearances. The height of flying her Kenyan and African flag has gotten her a “Lupita Nyong’o Day” in Harlem, New York. We are proud of her and we know that she will only keep doing greater things in years to come.
Written by Nkem Ikeh
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