From the very first time I saw you I knew there was something special. It was bigger than the fact that you were an African girl doing big things in a different society. It was bigger than the fact that you starred in one of the biggest movies of the year. There are a lot of Africans in the diaspora in Hollywood, but dear Lupita, there is no one like you.
The first time I heard you speak was at The Hollywood Reporter’s Actresses Roundtable. You were interviewed alongside amazing actresses and even though they all came with their knowledge and wealth of wisdom, you were the one that had my heart. From the way you spoke to the manner in which you carried yourself, there was so much grace radiating from you.
Since then I have watched every red carpet interview and every talk show you have made an appearance in. I have listened to your story and to say I am inspired by it will be saying the least. Your passion for your craft is something many actresses, not just the ones in Africa but the ones in America, should emulate. You might be “young” in acting but your “wisdom” is not of this time. You are sensational and I LOVE YOU!
Yes! I said it Lupita! I love you!
I love the way you look on the red carpet. Simple but graceful.
I love the way you smile. You give the perfect pout.
I love your short hair. Looks awesome in the Non Stop Trailer.
I love the fact that you went to Yale. Keep breaking the stereotype.
I love the fact that you are a good actress. They are very few good ones out there now.
I love your spirit. It is very inspiring.
I love your accent. Does it for me every time.
Finally, I love you. Love the fact that you are doing you. Living your truth, unashamed of your origin and what defines you and fearlessly chasing your dreams.
You inspire me, Lupita and that is what I love most about you.
So I hope that some day, if you visit Nigeria, we can have a drink or two, chat about life in LA or better still, I could just interview you. If wishes were horses…
Keep doing you and good luck at the Golden Globes!