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Kenyans wish Lupita Nyong’o “All the Best” at the Oscars with a Banner at Rugby Match



Lupita Nyong'o - Support - February 2014 - BellaNaija

Everyone is rooting for Lupita Nyong’o, especially Kenyans.

At the 2014 US Rugby 7’s in Las Vegas, Kenyans at the game gave a huge shout out to the 12 Years a Slave actress.

A banner stating “Congratulations Lupita Nyong’o All the Best at the Oscars” was moved around the stadium by spectators.

Lupita is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category alongside Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence. The awards ceremony is slated for Sunday 2nd March 2014.

Lupita who shared the image via Instagram captioned it with “I gasped when I saw this. Thank you, Kenyans at Rugby 7s Las Vegas for this GIGANTIC display of your support.”

If you recall, the Enugu State Government recently gave Chiwetel Ejiofor a shout out after his BAFTA Win. Click here to see.


  1. Albertha

    February 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Bella Naija, why did you guys not post pictures of Lupita from the NAACP awards?

  2. cannime

    February 26, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    What a gorgeous lady! Cant wait to see her outfit on sunday. She always comes prepared.

  3. Cool cat

    February 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    This girl is everything. Not just her beauty and brains but her spirit. She such a vivacious girl, humble and boy that dark chocolate skin. Even with her fame she is still moved by the support of her people.

  4. sηººÞ¬mιηι

    February 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    she iz kul,kenyans luv her

  5. Felinda1

    February 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Naijas we wish it was our ownnn oohh. But as we swim in denial and mediocrity personified one movie after the next, and being defensive of every foolish movie and bad acting – we have a long way to go.

    Lets start off by maybe spelling end credit names correct.

    Lupita am not from Kenya, but as a Nigerian am proud of you. I hope you win sha.

    name one person in nollywood right now who stands a chance – just one. Be honest with your self. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

    Personally i think its Rukky Sanda 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Iris

      February 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Unfortunately your correct and well-meaning advice about spelling names properly was undermined by this: “Lupita am not from Kenya…” It’s “I’M not from Kenya.”
      Now to your comment about who in Nollywood stands a chance: I am very happy for Lupita, but before we compare her to Nollywood actors let’s remember that a huge chunk of them started from nothing. Lupita had great opportunities which included coming from a relatively well-off family and being able to go to Yale drama school. I don’t think she has a “Surulere picture.” I’ve also seen great improvements in our industry. Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliott and Emem Isong are doing good things with the Royal Arts Academy. They have a few misses but movies like After the Proposal, Tango With Me, and Finding Mercy were pretty decent. There are upcoming actors like Tamara Eteimo and Belinda Effah. The more established ones like Omotola, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw and Stephanie Okereke are raising awareness about social issues and expanding their activities beyond acting to be advocates. Cinematography and continuity issues in the Nollywood industry are improving too. We definitely have a lot more to be done but there is growth and growth is good. I hated Nigerian movies for the longest time and a lot of them are still ridiculous, but I have watched a few that are actually not bad. Remember that it is not every Hollywood movie that gets into mainstream cinemas and many of those TV movies and such also have atrocious acting. What we mostly watch are typically the best ones. Plus I swear I think some Nigerian movies are better than some Tyler Perry movies. He’s overrated in my opinion. Let us establish and perfect our own craft in our own environments first, before we start looking for validation from Hollywood. After all, once that happens it is likely that our actors will suddenly be seen as Hollywood actors and no longer Nollywood actors which makes no sense to me. This will be even more likely if they feel like they are not appreciated at home until they make it abroad. What would then be the motivation to continue seeing themselves as Nollywood actors?
      I apologise for the length of my comment but I’ve been seeing a few comments recently about how Nollywood actors should go to school like Lupita, blah blah. Again she deserves all the accolades she gets but remember that you have to work with what you have to be the best you can, and I think Nollywood is sitting up.

    • NaijaPrince

      February 27, 2014 at 1:06 am

      The difference between Lupita and Nigerian actors is the fact that she still worked hard towards being a better actor despite a platform like the Shuga series. If she was Nigerian, all she would be doing would be looking for endorsements, posting pictures of her shopping escapades and claiming she bought a house in Lekki that she actually rented. Our movies dont have to be Hollywood standard to be appreciated but at least lets put some efforts to set a good standard and precedence.

    • Ms Muthoni

      February 27, 2014 at 3:57 am

      Could not agree more.

    • kola

      February 27, 2014 at 4:43 am

      very well spoken iris

    • Bolanle

      February 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      You even jumped to end credits!! How about subtitles?? The level of incompetence in the Nigerian “movie industry” is terrifying!

  6. Nonso.N

    February 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Awwwe, congratulations black beauty.

    Nigeria, see your life. Empty barrels make the most noise. Always pounding chest. We are number 2 in the world with movies. See your life. Hope she inspires some nollywood actresses to do better. I hope our Enugus son Chiwetalu wins for us too, even though he doesnt represent nollywood, hes nigerian and we will be happy too.

    I am happy fot Lupita. Kenya clearly is proud too. BRING THAT OSCAR HOME BAB

  7. missy J

    February 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    It’s really disgusting how we Nigerians look down on our own talents because of Lupita this Lupita that. When Oprah called out Genny or when OmoT was listed among the blah blah none of you thought they weren’t bringing more to the table. Lupita shows up the reverse is now the case. For Christsake we got good actors. See movies like CRY FOR HELP, A MILLION TEAR, TRUE LOVE etc the acting was flawless and natural that could bring tears to one’s eyes and actually connect with it. See actors like Pete Edochie,Kate henshaw Ramsey Noah etc. So all these actors and actresses aren’t worthy right? Bloody Hypocrites! Lupita I wish you well!

  8. Felinda1

    February 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

    always Defensive as well expected. What else in new?. Mschewwwwwwww
    #DenialIsABITCH aint it opopps i mean “ISNT IT”

    continue dipping into your denial juice.

  9. Bird's Eye

    February 27, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Still can’t get over the Chiwetel ad. Too funny

  10. Favour

    February 27, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Mr Iris, I disagree plenty. Yes, Lupita doesn’t paint the Surulere picture but we are celebrating the fact that an African has gone all the way. I personally think our Nollywood actresses are overrated!!!! You mentioned movies like Tango with me, that movie was appalling. Not even Dr. Bello was good enough. Yet actresses like Genevieve and Omotola get unnecessary standing ovation. They should go to Uale school of Drama if they care. After all, they can now afford it. Actresses like Nse, Matilda Obaseki etc give us hope. One day, we too will hail a Nollywood actress for an Oscar award. God willing!

  11. Shazy

    February 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

    @Iris, thanks for your comment. I have watched the movie “12 years a slave” and Lupita’s role in it. She was awesome! If any Nollywood actress had acted the role, the same people criticising our stars will probably criticize the actress why she had to expose part of her boobs and how she was close to naked while she was being beaten in one of the scenes. Let’s appreciate our own please while praising others.

  12. Maksy

    February 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

    This is very odd. Enugu State (where he is from) congratulate Chiwetel for winning at the Bafta’s and every insult known to man is hurled at them. Yet we are all warm and fuzzy when Kenyan’s support their own. We need to sit down and have a conversation with ourselves in this country…there is a clear and obvious problem.

  13. no heart to hate

    February 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for your comment Iris

  14. Hurperyearmie

    February 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

    One thing am very sure of is that people can never be satisfied and we don’t appreciate our own people

  15. Beekay

    February 27, 2014 at 9:56 am

    At least she agreed that she is from Kenya. What do we do now that our brother has become a British man #ProudlyNaija
    All the best Lupita!

  16. annelle

    February 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

    from what i heard chiwetal does not identify with nigeria

  17. Cool cat

    February 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Chiwetel will never identify with Nigeria because the first time he came as a young boy, he survived an accident where his father was killed. Tell me you will ever identify with such if it was you. God forbid such fate befalls any of us but that’s the truth.

    Our Naija celebs are content with their success in Nollywood, after all they go abroad and a few Africans in diaspora celebrate them so they do not see the need to develop themselves and get better training. They have good PR teams that can put them on one interview or get them recognition with time magazine and to them, they have reached the skies. If you don’t have a vision you will never grow further your current position. In Hollywood they do movie reviews, even the critics choice awards but if you criticize Nigerian movies you are considered a hater. People need to learn that criticism is good sometimes. Otherwise you will continue to live in a fools paradise, while Nigerians continue to be enthralled in their lack lustre performances

  18. Felinda1

    February 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    So now the foolish excuse yall making is that Lupita made it cos she was born with silver spoon in her mouth. That is absolutely nonsense and so not true.

    Maybe if our actors (actresses) saved all that money buying materialistic bullshyt like weaves, shoes cars – i am in dubai see me pose with my Gucci shopping bags et etc. And rather used that money to attend acting courses like Lupita did (whether she paid for it or her family paid for it – it doesnt matter). What she paid for in yale, any serious nigerian actress can save that money to go to take acting courses too.



    We spend too much time on nonsense.

    Uche Jumbo, Chika Ike, Rukky Sanda (even Omotola sef) etc etc etc etc are in perfect financial position to able to further their craft IF THEY WANTED TO, but nooooo, in their minds they are perfect, cos some yeye fans with foolish mediocre taste have made their head big that they are perfect actors and actress.

    Lupita did it and did it well. Watch and learn. And stop all those stupid excuses like she was some overnight success born with a silver spoon in her mouth and that is why she is here. THAT IS ABSOLUTE NONSENSE AND SORRY EXCUSE FOR YOUR FAILURE.


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