“At Last! I Am Coming Home!” Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o proclaimed on her Instagram page before embarking on a week long trip to the East African nation. The Mexican-born actress, who is currently engaged on an action-packed homecoming tour, has been sharing beautiful images of her journey, every step of the way.
Nyong’o headed to her middle school Alma Mater, where she mentored young students. The Oscar-winner is also involved in several projects created to promote artists from the country and to preserve Kenya’s beautiful native wildlife. Nyong’o has joined Wild Aid to serve as a global ambassador as part of efforts by the organization to raise awareness and educate in order to prevent the slaughtering of elephants for their ivory. She also paid a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
On July 2nd, Lupita Nyong’o will be the guest of honor at a gala to celebrate the members of the art and fashion communities in Kenya.
Earlier today, Nyong’o shared images of her and her assistant sport totes hand-painted by Kenyan artist Michael Soi. Soi’s vibrant, illustrated works also address politics, race, gender, and capitalism in the country.
Check out some images of her trip below.
I have joined @WildAid as a global ambassador to call for us to save elephants from extinction. Join me. Be #ivoryfree. And visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust @dswt to meet adorable orphaned baby elephants with names, histories, personalities and a desire to live out their lives. #whenyouknowmoreyoudomore photo by @kristianschmidt_