Lupita Nyogo’o 37, kenyan Oscar award winner has responded to Kenya Tourism Board’s appointment of Naomi Campbell as the ‘Magical Kenya’ International Ambassador.
Reacting through Twitter to Kenya’s tourism minister saying she has been inaccessible for the last five years, Lupita posted a photo of herself laughing on Twitter with the message:
“Me when I hear the Kenya Ministry of Tourism has been looking for me for five years. “I am right here baby” and ”alternative facts”
Just recently, Tourism Minister, Najib Balala named British model, Naomi Campbell as the country’s international tourism ambassador by defending the decision that Lupita has not been reachable for the past five years.
“I know everybody is asking why not Lupita. Lupita has commitments and her managers cannot allow us to access her. We’ve spent the last five years looking for Lupita,” Balala said.
This decision has generated huge reactions from Kenyans thinking that Lupita should have been the right person for such a role.
Balala also declared that Naomi Campbell’s services were offered to Kenya for free and its based on love and commitment to Kenya.
“We have a framework to work around her and she accepted to do it for free. She offered herself because of her love and commitment to Kenya. We are now working on the details on how do we use her to promote the destination,” he said.
Her twitt has been generating reactions, trending and getting Kenyans to talk in support of Lupita as the relevant person for such an appointment.
The question remains, will Lupita accept such an appointment free of charge just the way Naomi Campbell did?
This leaves the situation hanging, but the fact remains that at this point in time, Kenya likewise destination Africa needs all kinds of support to attract tourists in order to bounce back to doing business of tourism as covid-19 pandemic eases down.
Meanwhile, the Black Panther star has announced an audiobook version of her 2019 children’s book, Sulwe, will be released by Listening Library on February 23. Nyong’o revealed that the narration will help readers further connect with the characters.