Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o and the Oscars

So I'm sure most of y'all were like me and spent your time this Sunday night glued to the tv watching the 2014 Oscars. And if you did this for even 5 minutes you probably saw 12 Years a Slave winning every award possible. What you might not know is that Lupita Nyong'o, the winner of "Best Supporting Actress" for her role as Patsey, actually started her career in the Kenyan TV show, Shuga.

Shuga is actually a show produced by MTV with the goal of using popular entertainment as a vehicle for communicating and promoting messages about healthy sexual behavior among African Youth. Not only was Lupita an actress in the series, but she is also a co-director. After the Oscars ceremony, the president of Kenya went so far as to tweet that Lupita is the "Pride of Africa", demonstrating just how much Lupita means to the country

If anyone wants to check out this incredibly entertaining TV show- that also has a great public health message- here's the link to the first episode! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo4l1VJUFkQ

I know I actually watched some episodes in the U-Tena office this summer and would strongly recommend it!

- Maggie

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