Kenyan Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o bagged two awards at the 51st NAACP Image Awards which was held on Saturday, February 22, at Los Angeles, California.
The multi-award-winning actress won the best actress award for her role in Jordan Peele’s horror movie Us and subsequently won the Outstanding Literary work fo children with her book, Sulwe.
The awards become the latest decoration in Lupita’s career since she made a name for herself in the 2014 Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars for her role as Pasty in another moving film, 12 Years a Slave.
Lupita, who was not present at the event, took to her social media platforms to express her gratitude for the recognition as she also went ahead and thanked her fans and followers.
“Oh my goodness I just got the news about the best actress award from the NAACP Image Awards for the movie US, I just wanna say thank you so much,” she continued. “I’m so sorry that I couldn’t be there myself.”
“I’m away in my homeland doing some work and l I just want to share how honoured I am, so so deeply honoured for this kind of recognition,” the Black Panther actress said on her Insta-stories.
She went on to add that she felt really proud to be part of the community.
Lizzo was named entertainer of the year while Jamie Foxx won his fifth career image award for his role in Just Mercy.
Host Anthony Anderson of Black-ish opened the show, telecast on BET for the first time, with a monologue that took a shot at the lack of diversity at the Oscars and Hollywood's other ceremonies that handed out awards earlier in the year.
“Unlike other awards shows, we actually have black nominees," said Anderson.
Other milestones that have beautified Lupita’s career include Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and BET Award for Best Actress in 2014.
Apart from her role in 12 Years a Slave and Us the 36-year-old, who is daughter to Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, is also known for the Black Panther movie, which also had huge commercial success.
The movie grossed Sh63.1 billion, breaking the records set by Star Wars, Avengers, according to Variety.com.