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Prof Nyong'o reveals the secret behind Lupita’s success

02 June 2016, 09:30 Steven Mwalily

Mombasa - You have heard about her successful story; she has been all over the newspapers, internet and TV shows where she's proved that no matter where you come from, your dreams are valid.

Baby Lupita Nyong’o started her acting career here in Kenya before she flew to America for further studies where she continued to nurture her talent.

She has made Kenya proud not only because she represents this nation abroad, but also for being the first Kenyan to win an Oscar.

This was after her role in the movie 12 Years A Slave.

In an exclusive interview with this writer in Mombasa during the Senator’s conference, her father Pro. Anyang Nyong'o who is also the Kisumu Senator revealed what Kenyans may not know about her famous daughter.

“Am happy, not only me but even her mother is very happy about her. This is because she is doing what she like most, and when we talk about people who have taken a big step in Hollywood, I think she has reached that level,” he said.

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Prof. Nyong'o who holds a degree in political science says he could not deny her daughter chance to do what she desired to, and she succeeded because of the freedom they gave Lupita in pursuing her career.

When asked about the secret behind her daughter’s success, he insisted that nothing more than giving her the opportunity and total support.

“There is no secret on that. As a parent, you must educate your child and give him/her an opportunity in life. This is the only way that will make them reach any level they want to,” he insisted.

Speaking with a lot of courage, Prof. Nyong'o, a well known politician who was once a minister for medical services in Kenya recalls Lupita's early life and passion for acting.

“She went to Waridi Day Nursery school in Westlands Nairobi. Later she went to Consolata School still in Nairobi. After that she joined Rusinga School before she went to St. Mary’s School in form 5 and 6.

“She was very passionate about drama ever since her pre-school days at Waridi Nursery school.”

According to him, Lupita who is known for her passion for empowerment of African women Kenyan girls especially in their rural area Siaya.

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The last time she visited the area was in 2015 when she met different school girls and inspired them on how to build their talents.

Nyong'o says his daughter has made them [parents] proud when they get recognition from abroad and sometimes in the invitations they get to Forums in America.

His message to the Kenyan parent?

“A Kenyan girl has been left behind compared to the boy child. If you do your research in primary schools, you will find that girls are given a lot of work to do at home denying them a chance to revise. I think it’s high time we now focused on girls education and inspire them.”

- MyNews24

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