Lupita Nyong’o Travels To Kisumu And Makes Ugali With Vogue

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(Last Updated On: September 16, 2016)
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Lupita Nyong’o is the October cover for Vogue. In the interview she talks about her childhood, acting and wanting to create “opportunities for people of colour.”

The interview took place in Kisumu, Lupita’s family’s ancestral village to shoot the gorgeous editorial pictures.

In the interview she says she didn’t set out with a mission to tell these African stories.

“Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice. I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.”

The magazine continues to describe their visit to Kenya.

I catch up with her (Lupita) in Kenya, where she has traveled to her family’s ancestral village in the Luo homeland, a stone’s throw from Lake Victoria. “We’d visit my grandparents, spend my vacations here; all the cousins would come from around the world to spend Christmas in the village,” says Lupita. Today she’s wearing a baby-blue halter dress and an udeng, an Indonesian headdress. “I saw them on the men and thought, That will work so well for me. It’s a little cultural appropriation,” she says, quite pleased. We’re at the Acacia Premier Hotel in the nearest town, Kisumu, where she’s staying.

In the afternoon, we caravan out to the family grounds, past the railroad and the strange Stonehenge-size rocks balancing on the horizon. The most famous is Kit Mikayi—which means “stones of the first wife” in Luo, the language and name of the Nyong’o family’s ethnic group, which stretches across parts of Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. The place is still a sacred pilgrimage site.

Lupita with her grandmother Dorca
Lupita with her grandmother Dorca
Lupita with her father Senator Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and mother Dorothy Nyong’o
Lupita with her father Senator Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and mother Dorothy Nyong’o
Lupita at Ratta Mixed Secondary School with pupils that were gifted Soular backpacks invented Salima Visram
Lupita at Ratta Mixed Secondary School with pupils that were gifted Soular backpacks invented Salima Visram

Lupita also recalls of while she was a child and how she dreamt of making it to the big screen.

When Lupita was fourteen, her aunt encouraged her to audition for the Phoenix Players, the only repertory-theater group in Nairobi. It was Dorothy who drove her to rehearsals, sat in the car doing her work so Lupita could perform Juliet and cement her name in Nairobi thespian circles.

She also took the time to learn how to make ugali from her mother. Watch the clip below:

Read the full interview HERE.

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