Kenya’s Kisumu City to host premiere of Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Black Panther’


Kenya’s port city of Kisumu will host one private and one public screening at the IMAX Mega of the highly anticipated movie ‘Black Panther’ on Feb. 13, the city’s officials have confirmed.

Kisumu City is in the Kisumu County where Lupita Nyong’o, Kenya’s first winner of the Oscar and a character in the movie, grew up and where her father Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o is the governor.

The announcement for screening of the movie that has been proudly referred to as the “Lupita movie” by local news outlets was well received by the city’s residents.

The movie will open on February 16 worldwide but residents of Kisumu will get to watch it on February 13 as an honour to the actress.

According to Imax Manager Flora Njagi while speaking to Kenya’s Sunday Nation, they chose Kisumu City because Lupita was “a girl from that soil”.

Kisumu county spokesperson Aloice Ager told BuzzFeed News that the Governor Peter Nyong’o’s motivation to secure an advance screening of Black Panther was also part of a larger effort to make Kisumu, the third-largest city in Kenya, known as a home to arts and entertainment.

“Gov. Nyong’o wants to make Kisumu the hub of performing arts, and what better way to hit the ground running than by screening this premiere?” He said in a phone interview.

“He wants people to be able to make a living out of performing arts,” he added. “That is one of our key agendas, as well as bringing theatre, opera, and an integrated performing arts center to Kisumu.”

Lupita plays a major role, starring as Nakia, a high-ranking member of the Wakanda royal family. She is an undercover spy and war dog for the mythical kingdom of Wakanda – which means she gets to go to some weird places like North Korea. Nakia has a complex relationship with both the Black Panther and his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), but that is alright, for as Lupita says, ‘you see them work together, and you see a strong dynamic that is really encouraging.’

Lupita has confirmed in a statement that she will be will fly to Kenya and be part of the premier and has urged Kenyans across the country to come out in large numbers, attend the event and share light moments.

“Yesterday I graced Black Panther premiere in Los Angeles. Kisumu has been chosen to host the same event on February 13, 2018. Come all and share some light moments,”  she posted on her Facebook page.

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