In the latter part of last night and early this morning (depending on where you are in Africa), the hash tag #NairobiBlue was trending globally as the movers and shakers of Hollywood graced the red carpet. The term was coined by online spectators after Kenyan entertainment professional Lupita Nyong'o hit the Oscar red carpet wearing a custom Prada light blue silk georgette gown with a deep V-neck top and low cut sides.
She completed her look with satin platform sandals and a matching clutch.
Her headband got Twitter abuzz. The gold and diamond headband, earrings and bracelet were all from Fred Leighton.
But the highlight of the night for Lupita was not what she wore but what she won. In a field of very tough competitors including Jennifer Lawrence who won the Golden Globe and BAFTA's in the same category and previous Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, Lupita claimed Kenya's first Oscar for her break-out role in 12 Years A Slave. We need not be surprised seeing as this website predicted it in an article published on 24 January 2014: http://www.africanpro.co.za/professionals/item/509-lupita-nyongo
A tearful Lupita thanked her character, colleagues and family in her acceptance speech.
"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it's been the joy of my life," Lupita said to restricted applause from the audience.
"I want to thank my family, for your training and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one's for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you're my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family. When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid. Thank you," she concluded.
Lupita has made history in this achievement by a person of Kenyan heritage matched only, perhaps, by Barack Obama. It is a welcome relief for a country frequently in the news for the wrong reasons.
"These Kenyans are crazy, especially when they leave Kenya," Joseph Karamoja a Nairobi based Kenyan commented on his Facebook page, "They go on to conquer all. They beat New Zealand in rugby, they control and influence economies, if you let them, they can win all marathons, they can become presidents in your countries, heck, they can win an Oscar on first attempt. They just become mediocre and myopic when they touch down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. We tolerate corruption, tribalism, lack of excellence in how we do things, no planning,