Before it opens globally on 16 February, the latest Marvel superhero movie, Black Panther will be get its worldwide public premiere in the Kenyan city where actress Lupita Nyong’o grew up.
Lupita announced the news on her Facebook page saying: “Yesterday I graced ‘Black Panther’ premiere in Los Angeles. Kisumu has been chosen to host the same event on February 13, 2018. Come all and share some light moment.”
The news was confirmed by county spokesperson Aloice Ager.
In the movie, Lupita plays a major role, starring as Nakia, a high-ranking member of the Wakanda royal family.
Kisumu is located in Kisumu County, where the Oscar-winning actor grew up and where her father Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o serves as governor.
Local news outlets have referred to the film as the ‘Lupita movie’ and the announcement was received positively by Kisumu residents, a majority of whom belong to the Lupita’s Luo tribe.
Speaking to BuzzFeed, Ager said that while his daughter’s appearance in the film was Governor Nyong’o’s motivation for securing an advance screening of Black Panther, it was also part of a larger effort to promote Kenya’s third largest city as a home to arts and entertainment.