In Summary:
– You want to dine with Lupita, well it will only cost you 10.000 Kenyan shilling at Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi.
– Lupita will arrive in Kenya in a week’s time to conduct a homecoming tour that includes activities that aim to uplift the Kenyan arts community as well as raise awareness on elephant conservation efforts in the country.
– Besides her performances on the big screen, the actress is a red-carpet favourite who has been featured on the covers of People, Vogue as well as numerous appearances in some of the world’s most glamourous magazines.
– The actress stunned in a baby-blue Prada gown, whose colour she called “Nairobiblue” that became a trending subject on Twitter after Lupita enthused, “It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, and so I wanted to have a little bit of home”.

Did you want to meet Lupita? Or have dinner with the Oscar Award-winning actress? That will only be Sh10,000 per person or Sh100, 000 for a corporate table for an exclusive event to be held on Thursday, July 2, at the Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi.

The actress, who seemed to give Nairobi and her Kenyan fans the snub, now appears set to make a grand entrance. Lupita  will arrive in Kenya in a week’s time to conduct a homecoming tour that includes activities that aim to uplift the Kenyan arts community as well as raise awareness on elephant conservation efforts in the country.

She will be the chief guest at an exclusive dinner bringing together conservationists, artists as well as the general public for an arts and fashion show by selected Kenyan designers and artists.

Besides her performances on the big screen, the actress is a red-carpet favourite who has been featured on the covers of People, Vogue as well as numerous appearances in some of the world’s most glamourous magazines.

Lupita will be lending her star power to conservation efforts in a radical departure from her glamourous assignments.

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Lupita, whose stellar career began in Kenyan theatre, says she is delighted to be coming home.Lupita Nyongo in Nairobi blue

“I am delighted to be returning home, especially with the added honour of being able to use this opportunity to help shine a global light on Kenya’s conservancy efforts,” she said.

Lupita began her reign as Hollywood’s new fashion darling when she picked up her Best Supporting Actress award for her tear-jerking performance in 12 Years a Slave.

The actress stunned in a baby-blue Prada gown, whose colour she called “Nairobiblue” that became a  trending subject on Twitter after Lupita enthused, “It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, and so I wanted to have a little bit of home”.

She has consistently topped the best-dressed lists culminating in her proclamation as People magazine’s 2014 most beautiful woman and Glamour magazine’s second best-dressed, ahead of the Duchess of Cambridge and established Hollywood stars.

Her dress of choice to this year’s Oscars – the pearl-encrusted halter neck gown by Calvin Klein – was the subject of controversy when it was allegedly stolen and returned, with the thief claiming that the 6,000 pearls adorning it were fakes.

While Lupita’s red-carpet looks have not reflected her Kenyan roots, her date to the 2014 BAFTA awards was her mother, Dorothy Nyong’o, who wore an outfit by a Kenyan designer.

Lupita’s homecoming tour is being supported by a number of local brands, including Safaricom, Kenya Airways, Simba Colt Motors, African Heritage, Villa Rosa Kempinski and luxury bag manufacturer Lulea. She will partner with WildAid, whose mission is to end the sale of illegal wildlife artefacts such as elephant tusks and rhino horns.

“Our country’s elephants are a critical piece of the heart of Kenya and we need to take action now to save their population from the threats that continue to endanger their existence,” she said in a statement.

WildAid is an organisation that seeks to harness star power to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement unlike most wildlife conservation groups that focus on protecting animals from poaching.

Lupita, who will be in the country starting June 29, will have a busy itinerary that will include an immersive mentorship session with young Kenyan students and artists on June 30 where she will discuss her acting career and provide tips on how to succeed in the arts.