KISUMU: Oscar Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o was moved to tears as she visited her native home Ratta village in Seme for the first time after winning the coveted award.
The famous actress who arrived in Kisumu on Wednesday morning could not hold back her tears when she keenly listed to a choral verse on the state of insecurity in Kenya performed by Mariwa Primary from Kisumu County.
Lupita was in the company of her father, Kisumu Senator Peter Anyang Nyongo, her mother Dorothy and her grandmother Dorcas was so elated and excited to have a feel of her rural home Seme in an event that was full of joy, tears and laughter in equal measure.
Residents thronged Ratta Primary School to have a glance of the 'girl of the soil' who went across the borders and conquered the world with her talent.
In a mentorship program organized by Safaricom Foundation, school girls from Lupita's rural home got an opportunity to interact with her and admire her encouraging words which they have previously been able to get from the media.
Performances from pupils from school reminded the celebrated actor of her days of struggle in the drama theatre, a journey which paid off with the grand win.
Lupita was kept on and off with her emotions as she wept and giggled in turns following the thrilling performances which gave the picture of the nation.
And when it reached her turn to talk, the celebrated actor showered encouraging words to the young generation which has been looking up to her to share how she managed it to her level.
"You may be facing numerous challenges at home. Your parents could be poor or you could be living with unsupportive relatives and feel alone in the world. Let this not define you or your future. You were created to achieve more and to be the best the world can have," she told the girls.
Lupita who was dressed in a an African attire commonly known as 'kitenge' that had a mixture of green and pink colours, complete with a pink blazer vowed to inspire more girls to reach where she had reached.
Lupita took breakfast comprising of an African cuisine such as 'nduma', potato chips and juice for breakfast. For lunch she took ugali, fish and quails.
The Kisumu Senator stated that the project will reduce the rate of early marriages and school drop-out affecting the region.
"This dream hostel started in 1957 and was realised in 2006, and am sure through it, many girls inspired by Lupita will achieve their dreams," said Nyongo.
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