Hollywood Movie Starring Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong'o Hits the Box Office this Weekend
Kenyans in the US are waiting in anticipation the opening this weekend of a Hollywood movie starring one of their own. The film, “12 Years a Slave” hits the box office on Friday, October 18th in theaters across the US and stars Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, who is making her debut Hollywood acting career.
12 Years a Slave has been depicted as one of the greatest portrays of slavery in America, with the New Yorker describing the film as “easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery.” It tells the real-life story of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a black man born free in New York who was kidnapped in Washington, DC in 1841 sold into slavery in New Orleans.
In the film, Lupita stars as Patsey, a young slave woman who is subjected to both cruelty and affection by her slave-owner Edwin Epps (played by Michael Fassbender). Lupita’s performance in the film is so riveting that she is being considered by movie critics as a leading nominee for an Oscar award. Her performance has also been described by the Huffington Post as one of the “greatest [Hollywood] acting debuts of all time.”
The film is directed by Steve McQueen and also stars other Hollywood heavyweights such as Brad Pitt, Puak Giamatti, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
In support of Lupita, Kenyan DJs and Promoters are encouraging Kenyans and friends to watch the movie this opening weekend to contribute to a box office numbers boost. “I’m mobilizing everyone to go watch the movie this opening weekend not just because one of the actors [Lupita Nyong’o] is a friend but because of the lesson about American history we can all learn, especially as relates to the slave era. The movie helps us understand and appreciate the struggle African American slaves endured during the period,” says Deejay Xpect, a Kenyan DJ/promoter based in New York.
"This is a huge step in the right direction for Kenyan actors and specifically for Lupita Nyong'o. She is clearly showing to the world that there is talent in Africa and in essence, Hollywood does need to have African actors play African roles instead of giving non-African actors roles worthy of an African actor. This movie will definitely go a long way in giving us insight into how slavery was and profoundly affected our brothers and sisters who were sold into slavery and hopefully close the gap or completely do away with ignorance that sometimes seems to permeate in our day to day interactions with African Americans...Definitely a must watch," says Onemic Muturi, host of the OneMic Radio Show.
Henry Pasha, Head of Radio and Kreative Advertising at Karisan Media adds: "Kenyans are once again made proud by another actor causing ripples in Hollywood,in the steps of Edi Gathigi who has been on blockbuster movies like 'Twilight' and TV series 'House', the new kid on the block is Lupita Nyon'go...This is a must watch movie for all Kenyans and people of African heritage, and we are very proud that there are already talks of a likely Oscar award...she is that good...I would urge everyone to definitely put this movie on a must watch...If anything this movie comes close in the footsteps of 'ROOTS' with the famous Kunta Kinte."
I had the privilege of watching the preview last night and immensely enjoyed it. The movie is so real that I felt like calling Lupita to find out how she was!
This is a must watch for people of African decent for its historical value and especially Kenyans whose flag is being carried sky high by Lupita.
A big Congratlulations to Lupita on her sterling performance.
Amb. Dr. Wenwa Akinyi
Kenya Consulate, Los Angeles