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Saturday, March 8, 2014

DATELINE LAGOS: Lupita Nyong'o winning an Oscar is an amazing statement to every little girl that your dream can always come true, says Biola Alabi.


The Kenyan and African actress Lupita Nyong'o who just won the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, serves as an inspiration to every girl in Africa that your dream can come true. 

So says Biola Alabi, the managing director for M-Net in Africa for special projects.

Biola Alabi spoke to Africa's press today with the 2nd AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards set to take place on Saturday evening in Lagos, Nigeria, where Africa hand out awards to actresses, actors and those working behind-the-scenes in the continent's TV and film industry.

The AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards has been established to recognise excellence in the film and TV industry across the entire Africa and the award ceremony will again be broadcast live on multiple AfricaMagic TV channels on MultiChoice's DStv platform across the African continent.

"Lupita Nyong'o winning an Oscar is an amazing statement out to the whole world about Africa. But its an amazing statement to everyone who has a dream and to every little girl that your dream can always come true," says Biola Alabi.

"For everyone who has a dream - your dream means something. For me this brings such joy and pride to us. And it bring such joy and pride that Lupita Nyong'o's first work was actually on the African continent. It wasn't abroad, it was Africa. It was in Kenya where she did her first work".

"So I'm hoping that she comes back and does more. For me this is a really amazing signal to everyone who has a dream, and to every single child on the African continent that your dream can come true"

Also, we're reaffirming to every parent on this continent that there is a real future in the industry and also in creating and telling stories, and I think that is really the biggest statements that we see in Lupita Nyong'o accepting her award," says Biola Alabi.