Lupita’s promises to promote women’s issues and acting in Kenya as she is crowned Global Elephant Ambassador
After KOT’s mixed reactions and backlash to Lupita’s home coming, the Academy Award –winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has returned to her native Kenya with a couple of niceties for Kenya up her sleeves.
During her first convention at KICC, Ms Nyong’o announced that she will advocate globally for elephants with international conservation organization WildAid as a Kenyan proud of her heritage. “I have come to realize that when you know more you do more. I want to encourage people all over the world to learn more about these incredible animals. From reading a conservation website like WildAid.org to visiting one of the many, unforgettable, world class National Parks. I ask the world to end the current elephant-poaching crisis by being ‘Ivory Free.’ It is time to ban sales of ivory worldwide and to consign the tragedy of the ivory trade to history.”
Ms. Nyong’o spent time in Amboseli National Park with the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage, meeting with local conservationists and filming messages for international distribution in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the United States.
These messages are designed to raise awareness of the elephant-poaching crisis and to reduce the demand for ivory in consuming markets. Ms. Nyongo also met with Kenya-based African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants who partner on these projects, as well as representatives of the Wildlife Direct, and OlPejeta and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies — all groups active in combating poaching in Kenya.
The star of “12 years a slave” is also in Kenya to promote women issues and acting the arts in Kenya that is a trace of her life, where her talent was first recognized across borders in Shuga;a television soap opera that was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Baseas part of an initiative dubbed “MTV Staying Alive Ignite!”.
In Kenya mainly for the wildlife conservancy course, Lupita has urged Kenyans and the world to put a stop to global ivory trade. At the Tuesday Press Conference in Nairobi, film was shown of Ms. Nyong’o as a young girl singing for the elephants, as well as some highlights of her trip, which will later be used for television, radio, social media, newspapers, magazines and billboards with the message in Africa that “Poaching steals from us all,” and in Asia and the US that “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”
Ms. Nyong’o joins a host of international icons including Jackie Chan, Yao Ming, Edward Norton, Prince William and David Beckham who are featured in the campaigns. WildAid and the African Wildlife Foundation plan to recruit more prominent Kenyans to join the campaign locally when it launches next year.