Hollywood-based Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, has thrown her weight behind her father’s bid to become the next Kisumu Governor, in a passionate video message via social media on Thursday, April 20.
The Oscar-winning actress said she can’t wait to see Kisumu grow into a centre of excellence, a task she noted her father, Senator Anyang’ Nyang’o, was all too qualified for.
“All my life I have witnessed your unwavering passion for cultivating a better future for Kenya…even when it was a threat to your life but you have never given up and you continue to push for change and development,” Lupita said.
The ‘Queen of Katwe’ star expressed regret that she will not be around to personally support the Kisumu Senator but nevertheless said she fully backed his bid for the county’s top job.
Lupita who rose to international prominence thanks to her role in the blockbuster ’12 Years a Slave’, said her absence was due to the fact that she was currently working on a new film.
She remembered her childhood saying her dad has always been a ‘development conscious’ leader, since his earlier days as Member of Parliament to the person he is today.
She said: “I have witnessed the developments, the electricity spreading, schools being built, roads being constructed and medical centres being erected, and you had a lot to do with that.”
The actress also said she was proud of identifying herself with the lakeside city, although she has spent most of her life in Nairobi, with only occasional visits to the village.
According to her, she wants the best for Kisumu and she believes her professor dad is the best suited to steer it forward.
“I know for certain that Kisumu County will be a better place and leap into the future with you steering it,” said Lupita.
She being in the arts industry and Kenya’s biggest for that matter, Lupita said she was even more excited that with her father as Governor, the industry would prosper in the county and be an example to other counties by promoting young talents.
Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o is fighting the political battle of his life against the incumbent Jack Ranguma for the ODM ticket, in readiness for the August 8 poll.
The Raila Odinga-led party will hold its primaries in Kisumu on Monday, April 24.
Here’s the video: