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Senate praises Lupita Nyongo for performance at the Oscars

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By Njagih | March 6th 2014

By MOSES NJAGIH

NAIROBI, KENYA: Senate poured commendation to Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’o, urging the Government to consider promotion of film industry in Kenya.

Contributing to a motion commending the Oscar award winner, Senators said if the film sector, which has largely been neglected, was promoted, it could earn many talented youth employment and also contribute to the economic growth of the country.

Senators hailed Lupita’s achievement, terming it as placing the esteem of Kenya high.

“She has walked in the path of success that we have seen in many of our youth, who have brought honour to this country. Lupita has emerged as a true role model to many, especially the youth who have such talent, and which is not fully exploited,” said Senate Deputy Minority Whip Janet Ong’era.

Moving the motion, nominated Senator Fatuma Dullo said the achievement by Lupita, daughter to Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o, will encourage investment in the local film industry and stop Kenya’s over reliance on Nigeria movies.

Hailing the achievement, nominated Senator Naisula Lesuuda said it was encouraging that Lupita was the first black African woman to win the coveted award, drawing her comparisons with the late Nobel award winner Wangari Maathai.

“Lupita merits a national honour for her bravery to venture into a field that many have shied away from. We need to recognize her as she is celebrated out there. She dared to dream, not only for herself but for the many Africans,” said Lesuuda.

Minority Leader Moses Wetangula added: “She has achieved an unparalleled level of pride by winning it in her debut. Some of the winners have won it, or have even waited to be nominated, after waiting for as long as 30 years”.

He added: “I hope we will not neglect Lupita, the same way we neglected Wangari Maathai, even when she was being celebrated by the entire world”.

Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura said Lupita had opened a new frontier, which should be exploited by other talented youth.

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