Kenyan Hollywood actress, Lupita Nyong’o has reacted to claims by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala that she is “unreachable.”
Balala made the claims on Thursday while defending the decision to appoint British supermodel, Naomi Campbell as Magical Kenya’s international tourism ambassador.
Campbell’s appointment caused outrage among a section of Kenyans, who said the Tourism Ministry should have instead picked Lupita for the role.
But Balala claimed that the ministry has been trying to get in touch with Lupita for the past five years in vain.
He noted that Lupita, who is the daughter of Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o, has other commitments and her management would not allow them to access her.
"I know everybody is asking why not Lupita. Lupita has commitments and her managers cannot allow us to access her. We’ve spent the last five years looking for Lupita," CS Balala said while speaking at Kenyatta University.
Lupita, through Twitter on Friday, appeared to refute Balala’s claims by sharing a photo of herself laughing. "Me when I hear the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism has been looking for me for five years," she captioned the photo.
Campbell, 50, is expected to help market Kenya as an ideal tourism and travel destination.