Activism gone rogue: What sin has Lupita committed to warrant attack?

Lupita Nyong'o in a head-turning teal Gucci gown at the awards at the Shrine Auditorium. PHOTO/BANG SHOWBIZ

What you need to know:

  • Some of these activists have mastered their art and seek to use social media to mobilise for mass action. Others demonstrate admirable grasp of issues and seamlessly intersect them with broader public objectives.
  • There are many children born of privilege who have never achieved anything in their lives. Success of Lupita’s magnitude is the combined product of many things, probably good parenting, discipline, commitment, a little bit of luck and, of course, door-opening privileges.
  • Before he became a politician, Prof Anyang Nyong’o was one successful and progressive academic, an activist so harassed by the KANU regime, he was put under house arrest and into exile.

Previously, we have defended civil society against unfair attacks. But civil society is variegated, so is its activism. This activism comes through a multiplicity of actors who are not united in aims or style.

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