Prof. Anyanga Nyongo, the father of Lupita Nyong’o, has emerged as the winner of the Kisumu gubernatorial race in Kenya.
According to reports, the Orange Democratic Movement’s candidate accumulated 261, 972 votes, representing 63% of the total votes cast.
His closest challenger, the incumbent governor Jackton Ranguma had 147, 852 votes representing 35% of the total votes cast.
His world famous daughter had campaigned for her father months before the election took place.
The “12 Years a Slave” actress in a 2.49 minute-long video shared via her Facebook page, beckoned on electorates of the state to vote for her father through an impassioned appeal.
The video has been viewed over 300,000 times and shared more than 800 times on Facebook.
Although the actress had earlier said she wouldn’t be able to make it down for the election due to a new movie she is working on, she told her father, “I support your bid to be governor of Kisumu county…you can count on my prayers and my support from afar.