“You are the pride of Africa,” Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar win.
Nyong’o also received praises at Nairobi’s United Nations headquarters, when Kenyan Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maatha’s daughter, Wanjira, spoke about Nyong’o in front of 300 people attending a conference.
“We all had hoped, of course, that she would win. Everybody feels a sudden attachment to her, she’s a Kenyan woman,” Maathai said in an interview later. “A lot of her work, a lot of her experience in film started in Kenya.”
Just before her win, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a statement saying Nyong’o’s accomplishments testify to her talent and the determination to go the extra mile that success demands.
At the end of her Oscar speech, Nyong’o asked that her win remind “every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”