Nigerian popstar, Dencia, has criticized Lupita Nyong’o after the Kenyan actress won two awards at the NAACP Image Awards which held over the weekend.
Lupita, who was nominated in four categories, took home two of the awards, which included Best Actress for the movie “US” and Outstanding Literary Work Children for the book Sulwe. The actress took to social media to show her gratitude.
Dencia, the brain behind the Skin lightening product line known as Whitenicious, reacted to Lupita’s win by going on Instagram to reveal that she deserves an award for inspiring Lupita’s book.
Replying to Lupita’s Instagram post, she wrote:
“Looks like Whitenicious helped you win an award. I’m glad Africans like yourself can capitalize on a brand I single [handedly] created. Congratulations. It feels great to inspire others to do things they never dreamt of.”
Dencia didn’t stop there. She went on to call Lupita a liar.
A TV host asked Lupita about the inspiration behind her children’s book Sulwe and Lupita recalled how in 2014, she gave a speech at Essence seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood.
She said the speech was inspired by a young girl who told her in a letter that she had been thinking of bleaching her skin using Dencia’s Whitenicious. She said the girl told her that seeing her (Lupita) loving her skin made her realize that it was OK to be black.