The first time I saw Lupita up close, was in 2011. I had gone for Shuga Seaon 2 auditions, at Homeboyz Radio, Baricho road. Having been impressed by Shuga Season 1, I wanted to be in the sequel. I knew it would be a great experience/opportunity. After waiting in line for almost the whole day, we got in groups, did our skit, and unfortunately, I didn’t meet the cut.
A few weeks later (can’t remember well, might have been days), I was called back for a second audition, this time at KNT. The audition was supposed to be at 10am. I got there on time, I mean, who would be late for such an opportunity? But the audition did not kick off right away… After waiting for more than 5 hours, I finally auditioned, and guess who was auditioning me? Lupita Nyong’o. This time, there were no other judges, just her, and a videographer, if I’m not wrong…
My skit was easy, Lupita was gonna act like she is my girlfriend who just found out that she is pregnant and I was to calm her down. Two things were going on here; first, I was starstruck! I had seen Lupita’s exemplary performance on Shuga 1. She was amazing, she slayed her role. She was a huge star, and here she was acting like my pregnant girlfriend, perhaps the only person I would be okay to get a kid with before I am 40 😆… The second thing that was going on, I was so hungry and thirsty, having not eaten lunch, and spending 5 hours waiting in the sun… I don’t know if I had missed breakfast or what, but I was just too hungry. Well, with that combination, you can bet how the audition went.
She got in her role so well…, “oh my god, Mark I’m pregnant, what are we gonna do, what am I going to tell my parents…” and there I was, supposed to say something… what was I supposed to say? It’s Lupita we are talking about! Like I would worry if she was pregnant for me! I would be jubilating! (This is how people lose focus).
I don’t remember what I said, but I do know that I poorly delivered. A hungry man is an angry man, add starstruck to it, and I think what you get is a state worse than indifference. I’m happy that Lupita will never remember this 🤣. I really hope there is no video tape.
Lupita Nyong’o is by far one of the most successful artistes of our times. She has scaled the heights. She has set the bar high. She has shown us what is possible. This explains the chorus, Lupita- as an example of the level that I want to be at. It’s a standard so high if you ask me, but as she said, our dreams are valid, and just as she has made it big in her career path, so can I make it, so can you make it, so can everyone do it!
It is not a clear path though. There might be no path even. And it is our duty to create that path, and while at it, failure is part of the package…and as you stumble from one failure to another, there are times you start to doubt it all. You start to question whether your Grand Scheme is not just a far fetched dream that you ought to let go. This explains the opening line on the first verse, “damn, I wanna be famous, time this poetry pay back…” which is sort of a cry of frustration from what seems like years of reaching out for the unreachable.
But it’s like having a debate inside your head and at this point, the vision of the land that you promised yourself fights back. It is like being on a constant high; “what if it works”, you say to yourself, and that is a more powerful fuel than any other form of fuel in the fuel market! It is a fuel that has churned heroes and villains in equal measure.
The second verse encompasses this ideal of my future, visualizing myself as the man I am creating myself into, a man living the positive result of the question “what if”, and at the same time happily paying the price of his success, thus the line, “wanna hear them say I’m devil worshipper, coz my money too much I’m all over…” just to emphasis the irony that the process of creating and maintaining value is mainly associated with superstitious means than it is associated with qualities such as hard work.
In the end, your mind is so absorbed in your promised land, that you sort of get drunk from it to an obscene state! And that is where the third verse comes in; that some of the things people do when they have achieved immeasurable success are not agreeable across the board, but they do it anyway, because who can stop you (but yourself) when you are on top of your world? Long live the dreamers, and like Lupita Nyong’o said, your dreams are valid! Dream on!
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