Oscar award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o made the educational dreams and ambitions of 40 students come alive by offering them $10,000 (GH₵ 75,546.42) in scholarships.
The Hollywood actress delivered a wonderful surprise at the 13th convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Learners change the world, Lupita
Official details from NAACP indicate that the young students received the scholarships during the ACT-SO award ceremony in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
ACT-SO is a year-long program targeted at high school students to promote their growth in disciplines from visual arts, business, and performing and culinary arts.
NAACP partners with Lancôme to offer the Write Her Future Scholarship Fund, which focuses on empowering women through literacy, mentorship, and entrepreneurship.
Lupita, who is the Lancôme Ambassadress, indicated that she always had big dreams from childhood and education played a huge part in helping her realize them.
“I believe that learners change the world. I am so thrilled to join Lancôme, on behalf of their Write Her Future Scholarship Fund, to award this incredible group of women with these game-changing scholarships,” she said.
Young people are the future, Derrick Johnson
The organisation’s President & CEO Derrick Johnson pointed out that they are excited to once again come through for talented young women.
It is an opportunity that will build their creativity and help them achieve their academic dreams with purpose and unrestricted passion.
“Young people are the future. We’re excited to see how participants in the program will positively impact their communities and create change for themselves and the next generation,” he said.
Lupita won 2 awards at NAACP
Popular Kenyan website, Tuko.co.ke, reported that two years ago, Lupita Nyong’o was nominated for four awards in the 51st edition of the NAACP Image Awards.
The actress, who did not manage to attend the award ceremony, emerged as a winner in two of the four categories she was nominated.
Lupita won the Best Actress award for her role in Jordan Peele’s movie and her second award was for Outstanding Literary Work Children for her book Sulwe.