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I stared working on this concept long before Lupita Nyongo won the Oscar Award. I had the idea of an African Tsunami represented by the swift advancement by Lupita Nyong'o as she gathered several awards away from home.
I added the Oscar sculpture after she won on March 2, 2014, Los Angeles, at the 86th annual Academy Awards
In the movie 12 Years a Slave, Lupita plays the character Patsey, a woman so brutalised by her owner that she begs a fellow slave to kill her. A tearful scene to watch.
In her words: "It does not escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's," she said in reference to Patsey, the slave she portrayed in the acclaimed film, which was based on a real-life memoir.
After receiving the award, she concluded: "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid."
The Oscar Lupita got is so precious to Kenya. It is our first! It is also a great honor to the African Continent. The little girl with a big dream has put Kenya and Africa at large on the Global map. Capturing her like this will give the event a historic appeal even for someone willing to collect the painting in the future.
I could not help to paint this one. She did us proud out here. I am amazed by the freedoms one can enjoy on the soil of the United States. I respect that. Really respect that.
March 6th, 2014
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