Lupita Nyong’o: Does the name ring a bell?
Well, the award-winning Hollywood actress was right here at the University of all times a few weeks ago.
The Kenyan-Mexican actress’ career progressed with her role as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018) and her starring role in Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film Us (2019).
She was hosted by our revered Academic and Communication guru, Professor Chinyere Stella Okunna at our University recently to learn a few things for a new movie.
The actress came to Anambra State to have a feel of the Igbo culture and environment in preparation for the TV Series adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s Award-winning novel “Americanah” in which she will play a crucial Igbo-related assignment as the central character starring Ifemelu.
According to Professor Okunna, “It gave me great pleasure recently to receive in my office a young woman who made a huge impression on me. On the appointed day, after several phone calls and other arrangements by her ‘handlers’ (particularly the up-and-doing Funmbi Ogunbanwo) to set up the visit, the young Award-winning Hollywood Actress Lupita Nyong’o surprised and impressed me with her simple down-to-earth appearance. I was also impressed by her intelligence, fluency, eloquence, and vast knowledge of contemporary issues’.