Lupita goes shop­ping in Jozi

CityPress - - News - NTOMBIZODWA MAKHOBA ntombizodwa.makhoba@city­press.co.za

Os­car-win­ning ac­tress star Lupita Ny­ong’o was spot­ted shop­ping in Sand­ton on Tues­day in a rare sight­ing while film­ing in South Africa.

The 12 Years a Slave star was clearly try­ing to go incog­nito. She was dressed all in black and had a scarf cov­er­ing her head while she was out shop­ping at Nel­son Man­dela Square.

Ny­ong’o was in Johannesburg to film the Dis­ney block­buster, Queen of Katwe.

Ac­cord­ing to film in­dus­try sources, she is now in Ghana.

A store man­ager at the Tie Stop in Nel­son Man­dela Square, who asked not to be named, con­firmed to City Press yesterday that Ny­ong’o had come into the store on Tues­day.

She said the ac­tress was very nice to the store’s staff mem­bers who “were ex­cited to see a celebrity”.

Queen of Katwe is based on a true story. It tells the tale of Phiona Mutesi, who comes from an in­for­mal set­tle­ment in Uganda and be­comes an in­ter­na­tional chess cham­pion.

Ny­ong’o plays the role of Har­riet Mutesi, Phiona’s mother, whose hus­band has died of an Aids-re­lated ill­ness.

The film pro­ject was of­fi­cially launched in Kampala, Uganda, on March 28. Bi­enne Huis­man con­trib­uted to this re­port

PHOTO: EL­IZ­A­BETH SE­JAKE

Lupita Ny­ong’o goes on a shop­ping trip at Nel­son Man­dela Square in Sand­ton this past week

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