Seems like Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o and the government have renewed their talks for an ambassadorial job.
According to Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza, the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Heritage wants to give either Lupita or top runner Eliud Kipchoge the top job.
“I have been trying to reach out to Lupita and I think we’re at some engagement and I believe soon she will come on board to market Kenya,” Malonza said on Citizen TV on Wednesday.
“I have been trying to reach out to Lupita and I think we’re at some engagement and I believe soon she will come on board to market Kenya…We’re also going a notch higher to reach out to influencers and heroes like Eliud Kipchoge, one of our influencers,” she said.
The move comes almost five years after former CS Najib Balala appointed Naomi Campbell as Kenya’s tourism ambassador, something that irked many Kenyans.
“I know everybody is asking why not Lupita. Lupita has commitments and her managers cannot allow us to access her. We’ve spent the last five years looking for Lupita,” Balala said trying to calm down the critics.
Lupita, on the other hand, denied that Balala and his team tried reaching her. On Twitter, she reacted to the post hinting that no one approached her for the job.
“Me when I hear the Kenya Ministry of Tourism has been looking for me for five years.”