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Oscar win boosts Kenya’s entertainment industry

 IPS 10 March 2019

Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar victory for her supporting performance in the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave has raised hopes of a much-needed boost to Kenya’s fledgling entertainment industry. Nyong’o first honed her acting skills as a teenager in Kenya before later attending a prestigious drama school in the USA. Some 40 percent of Kenya’s workforce is unemployed with the majority aged under 35, and it is hoped that victories such as Nyong’o’s will push more young people into the arts and help develop a vibrant entertainment industry and lift the economy. (1030 Words) - By Miriam Gathigah

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The Talent Tappers performing in Mombasa as a crowd gathers to watch their act. Many struggling artists are hopeful that the industry will change for the better.  Photo: Miriam Gathigah/IPS

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