Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly love Lupita Nyong’o more than you already do, the Mexican-Kenyan actress finds a way to melt your heart once more.
On Wednesday, the megastar announced that she participated in the #BlackPantherChallenge, a campaign raising money to bring low-income children around the country to the theaters to watch the record-breaking hit. Nyong’o brought the challenge to her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya, where she paid for 600 children to watch the movie.
“I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen,” the 34-year-old, who had help from her mom organizing the screening, said in a post on Instagram.
And, as she thought, the day was powerful for children attendees. In a video, one of the girls who watched the film discussed what she took away from “Black Panther.”
I joined the #BlackPantherChallenge and sponsored 600 schoolchildren to watch the film in Kisumu, Kenya with my mother's help. I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen. No matter where you live, you can help make this happen for more children who can't afford to see the movie. Information for various GoFundMe campaigns is in my link in bio.
“Being a leader, there’s so many challenges you have to face, but you should never give up. Always keep on trying. … It’s a matter of people coming together to walk as a team to achieve and to build our nation,” she said, before thanking Nyong’o for paying to screen the movie in Kisuma and expressing her pride in the actress.
Nyong’o is encouraging others to start the #BlackPantherChallenge in their own towns.
“No matter where you live, you can help make this happen for more children who can’t afford to see the movie,” she wrote.
With $426 million at the worldwide box office, “Black Panther” has topped the lifetime gross of all superhero films.