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    If Lupita Nyong'o could, she can

    Until 2008, the world still seemed to stay distant apart with slogans. The thought that they were empty was rife. Yes, slogans! Then came “Yes, we can!” Another empty slogan? Far from that. The strength of this slogan beats any human imagination. It has since its engineer coined it for a political campaign become the unique slogan that works in any true course. “Yes, we can” works like nothing ever did.

    Just like anything else, “Yes we can” needs a conviction ingredient. When you say it, you must believe it – then it shall come to pass.

    To determine the number of individuals or collective entities the 2008 “Yes, we can” example has inspired may be a practical impossibilities but as a matter of certainty, many successive successes have stemmed from this episode. It is easy to read from her flare that Kenyan-born Lupita Nyong’o, prior to going on set 12 Years A Slave, had echoes of “Yes, we can” crisscrossing her mind. Or, has any aorta of surprise been noticed either in the masterpiece itself or during her numerous aftermath media show-ups? No, the African screen queen had seen this coming and nursed it all along to fruition.

    “Yes, we can” means you do it the way you think it’s done best, be sure it will be liked and loved, then rise and grab the feedback as though you expected nothing other that it. With “Yes, we can”, there are no mountains – existing ones have been leveled! With “Yes, we can”, all colours have changed – they are now dissolved into Neutral! With “Yes, we can”, only one language is spoken – the language of the art one is performing and in Lupita’s case, movie acting! “Yes, we can” is a barrier dismantler par excellence. In “Yes, we can”, there are no “No we, cannots”!

    That’s the spirit with which the OSCARS best supporting actress winner sprang with and if 2008 had rung that bell, there isn’t any reason for Lupita’s emergence to ignite global surprise. Perhaps, surprises because skeptics who survived the 2008 trounce and have stayed afloat the dismissal of empty slogan assertion, have continued to consider the latter as such.

    Now, if the example of the number one executive of the world most powerful economy did not open a new page, that of the African Hollywood icon has, definitely. The story may never be the same again. And that Lupita’s story could just be the birth of many more Lupita tales is NOT far-fetched. This writer conjectures “Yes, I can” dreams joggling in the serious minds of scores of young Africans boys and girls. Some questions they detest would keep popping – the Cameroonian film industry is just struggling to get recognition, the journey to get to Nollywood’s level may be way too long, then, what more of Hollywood? I haven’t even featured or starred in many movies to be known, let alone bagging home a prize, so how can I skip to get a world recognition at Hollywood? Such rhetorics abound.

    Lupita’s home film industry at least for now and the best of this writer’s knowledge does not enjoy prominence like Kenya’s tourism sector does. As an African, she never had the privilege a win fans and pick a celebrity status within the world’s number two, the adorable Nollywood, just like the Nnajis, Omotolas, Tontos, Dominics, Damasus, etc. Yet, the ebony epitome rose against these odds and catapulted herself to the apex. She is now everyone’s dream guest on their TV/Radio show – “Yes, she could!”

    She may be too tender to understand this Lupita phenomenon, but a foresighted look this child actress’ performance in Enah John Scott’s My Gallery tells a story that is on its way. Watch this trailer again and again. Isn’t this meaningful? Who ever knows where it could begin? Not necessarily from the North or East. It could as well start from the South or West and loosen up to be a great revelation just like Lupita’s. She is not a native of Los Angeles, but the actress is the talk of the dweller there. This up-and-coming Cameroonian actress looks like this dream – yes, she can!

    NB: This write-up falls within the framework of TIPTOPSTARS’ mission to encourage talent and productivity amongst young Africans. It is inspired by the current prominence of Kenyan actress and OSCARS best supporting actress Winner Lupita Nyong’o.

    Author: Ernest Kanjo

    Video juxtaposition: Marcel Adig

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