Lupita Nyong’o Schools Hollywood on How to Nail Different African Accents Correctly

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Accent has always being a huge deal, and Lupita Nyong’o understands how important it is to become part of a people when telling their story.

For her role in the new movie ‘Queen of Katwe’, which tells the story of Ugandan international chess champion, Phiona Mutesi, the Academy Award Winning actress nailed the accent, and this was confirmed by Ugandans who took to social media to celebrate that feat.

But how did Nyong’o, who is Kenyan, learn to speak like a true Ugandan?

Yesterday, the ’12 Years a Slave’ star took to her Instagram page to reveal that she is practising for the next performance of her Liberian play, ‘Eclipsed.’

Practice makes perfect,” the actress said, noting, “Can you tell I have fun reading this book? Thank you, @mcgbethstagram for this detailed exploration of African sounds! Refreshing my Liberian accent for another week on stage.@eclipsedbway #AfricanAccents

For many of her fans, this is also an eye-opener to Hollywood acts who always employ the generic ‘African’ accent in their productions, like Will Smith who was heavily criticised for his role as Bennet Ifekandu Omalu in ‘Concussion’.

However, impressed fans are hopeful that when she eventually plays Ifemelu in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Americanah’, she would nail the Igbo accent, too.

See the reactions:

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Ada Okoye

Mother. Writer. Lover. King.


    1. Rosemonde

      May 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      i love Lupita and the fact that she is representing Africa in Hollywood. Kudos to her.

    2. Kechi Nomu

      Kechi Nomu

      May 18, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      One more reason to sleep well at night… there is a Lupita Nyong’o somewhere in the world. Add to that, the fan on that pink wall!

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