How Lupita Nyong’o became an accidental Ugandan movie star

The Critic

POLLY KAMUKAMA

Two Ugandan actors have told of their experience on the set of an underground local film that also featured new Hollywood starlet Lupita Nyong’o eight years ago.

Samuel Ibanda and John Wayne Muganza were part of the small cast for Roho, a 16-minute long film that was shot in Kampala back in 2006. A project of the annual Maisha Film Lab, the short movie was written and directed by a Kenyan filmmaker but featured a predominant Ugandan cast and crew.

Image POIGNANT: Cajetan Boy shared with us candid pictures of a humble-looking Nyong’o, seen here with Samuel Ibanda, on the set of Roho.

Ibanda plays Judah, a down on his luck slumdog whose radiant girlfriend Leila (Nyong’o) is the daughter of a merciless mobster (Michael Wawuyo). Muganza on the other hand is the mean hitman who executes his boss’ orders.

But like many other Maisha films, Roho never…

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