Kenya’s top export to Hollywood, Lupita Nyong’o, is set for a red carpet reception in her home city of Kisumu when her new flick, ‘Black Panther,’ premiers next week.
Through a post on her Facebook page, the actress announced her trip to Kenya. The post was accompanied by a photo of her with her father, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, her mother Dorothy and brother Peter Anyang Nyong’o Jr.
“Yesterday I graced ‘Black Panther’ premiere in Los Angeles. Kisumu has been chosen to host the same event on February 13, 2018. Come all and share some light moments,” read Lupita’s message.
In the movie, Lupita plays a major role, starring as Nakia, a high-ranking member of the Wakanda royal family. The story also sees Lupita and Danai Gurira (Okoye) spending most of the time beside Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther).
The film makers have included several women and even have an all-women group of Special Forces bodyguards. In a trailer available online, ‘Black Panther’ is full of powerful images, with the characters dressed in traditional African royalty regalia.
Film producers Marvel Cinematic Universe have been praised for their bold move to have a black super-hero. “What I love about this film is it teaches that each one of us is unique.
We all have our own sense of power and our own agency. And we hold our space without being pitted against each other,” Lupita told the Gamespot online magazine in an interview.
“This is a great moment for film makers in Kisumu and beyond. We are happy Lupita has decided to launch the movie in Kisumu, the citadel of arts,” said Obat Masira, chairman of the Lake Victoria Basin Film Makers Guild.