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Kenya Celebrates Lupita Nyong’o Oscar Award

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ask http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-encoding.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, http://codefor.asia/wp-includes/update.php Lupita emerged best supporting actress for her role in the “12 Years a Slave” at Sunday’s Oscars.


“Thank you to the academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” AP quoted Lupita as saying, referring to Patsey, the tortured slave she played in director Steve McQueen’s wrenching 19th-century drama.


She credited McQueen for bringing attention to a dark chapter in American history and the victims of slavery.


“I’m certain the dead are standing about you and watching,” she said, a sentiment she expanded on backstage.


“I think he’s really honored a people that really have been unsung for a really long time in doing this film,” she said.


President Kenyatta joined millions of Kenyan and worldwide fans to congratulate and support Lupita Nyong’o as she confronted one of the biggest nights in her career.


“Lupita’s accomplishment testifies not only to her stupendous talent, but also determination and a willingness to go that extra mile which success unfailingly demands. She has told one of the most haunting stories from a time when the Black person was a mere chattel, to be disposed of at the will of an improvident White owner in transactions then recognised in law as legitimate,” said Kenyatta late Sunday night.


“The story of Solomon Northup begged to be broadcast to a postmodern world that is fast losing grasp of the proper context of the universal Black experience. 12 Years A Slave is pivotal in sustaining the conversation that surely must take place throughout the world on the true meaning of humanity and dignity. This conversation is essential to unravelling such harrowing phenomena as discrimination, poverty, genocide and conflict which continue to obstruct human progress.”


Kenyatta said he was inestimably proud that Lupita, a young Kenyan had the opportunity to make her contribution to Black Awareness, and just to tell an excellent human story magnificently.


“Her role is indelible, and her gift indubitable. We are grateful that we got to see Lupita, one of our very own, shine so impeccably, and own the global stage so imperiously. Like other fans, I hope that Lupita wins the recognition that she so richly deserves for her scintillating role. I also believe that the fact that Lupita is where she is today -on the cusp of a truly unique accomplishment – is already a massively gratifying milestone,” added Kenyatta just hours before Lupita was honoured with an award.

The President said the youth in Kenya are inspired by Lupita and that the country hopes that her trailblazing exploits continue in order to demonstrate that no barrier to human endeavour is insurmountable.


“My Government has made the promotion of Arts and Talent a key pledge that must be delivered. We have made progress in that regard, and many young Kenyans will have access to funding for artistic projects, including film and drama. It is our intention that Lupita becomes the first of an endless line of Oscar nominees and winners from Africa and Kenya.”

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