Yesha Callahan

Private School In Kenya Is Renamed After Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Oscars

A private school in Dandora, an eastern suburb in Nairobi, Kenya, has decided to change its name to honor Lupita Nyong’o. The school, formerly known as Formerly Eagles Safe Hands Education Centre, will now be called  Lupita Bright Stars Educational Centre.

In an interview with The Nairobian, the school’s founder, Alice Anyasi Shiangala, discussed why she decided to change the name.

“I decided to rename my school after watching Lupita’s father, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, being interviewed by Jeff Koinange on KTN. I was touched by her story. She is a true star who deserves better recognition. She has brought fame to our country,” she said.

“I talked to my husband about changing the school’s name and he agreed. We are now working on the legal process, including replacing old signposts and banners.”

The school is also planning on expanding its curriculum.



  1. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    I love her as fly as she is but I think this is a bit much – she was only in one big movie!

  2. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    Lol wow. And I heard African film stars already exist Nollywood anyone? But guess being black, Kenyan, and famous for one movie means more then supporting blacks as a whole not location based. I’m sorry one film and Kenyan and now a school named after her lol.

  3. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    Why??? Has this woman funded the school in any way? If not, the name shouldn’t be changed. These people need to calm down, big time. Don’t these people have their own actors who are doing movies in Kenya? Why not name the school after one of these….. For some people doing things in (white)America equals success, doing good things in black Kenya = blahhhh

  4. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    they better hope she stay on the right side of controversy… i hope they not planning to use this to guilt her into giving them money… how you see one interview by one person that you don’t know & turn around and rename your business by that? did they even ask if the woman minds having her name on this school? i think it’s time for lupita to trademark her name… folks getting outta hand

  5. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    Schools should only be named after women and men who have dedicated their lives to educating children. Africans and African-Americans really need to stop putting entertainers and athletes on a pedestal. The teachers who educate your children are more important.

    • March 21, 2014 - Reply


      Lupita has a degree from Yale. She’s hardly on the same level as your average ratchet entertainer.

  6. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    If I were Lupita, I would have my lawyer send the woman a cease and desist letter because I think the school owner is using her name for attention and money.

  7. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    Yes, legal guidance would be helpful in this situation. Flattering to her I’m sure, but is it really legal? just wanna know.

  8. March 21, 2014 - Reply

    She did one film and won an oscar, but does that merit a school to be named after her?

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