One of 2018's most hotly anticipated new films premiered for African audiences this week in the Kenyan hometown of one of the film's stars, Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o.
The Kisumu premiere drew several hundred people.
"To be honest, it's a great honor that Kisumu is the first place in Africa that this movie is screened," Kenyan actor Moses Oduwa told VOA. "
The film is being hailed as an example of the Afro-futurism movement, which blends science fiction and African tradition to reimagine the past and visualize what is to come.
She couldn't be here in the flesh, but for her fans, Lupita's presence on the movie poster, on display at the premiere next to the red carpet -- was enough.