LUPITA NYONG’O – A DREAM FOR KENYA

4 Mar

The Collapsible Space Between Us

4 March

To be in Kenya, in Nairobi, for the first ever Academy Award acting win by a black African actress from Kenya while working in the only theatre and film department of its kind in Kenya was a dose of unexpected Kenyan joy and pride today. Kabisa! (Excellent!)

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” –Lupita Nyong’o

But students who will graduate from Kenyatta University with a degree in Theatre Arts and Film production do not step into the arms of a welcoming industry asking ‘tell me your dreams.’ There is no industry. This generation will need to make an industry. No one is dreaming for them, economically or artistically. I feel the energy of a burgeoning industry all around me, but it will need government incentive and investment to become a viable reality.

Most students lack parental support. Parents lie and tell their friends their children…

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