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Ungrateful Wanuri gets called out by Kenyans after speech ‘filled with lies’

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu’s has been slammed after lying to her audience in the United Kingdom about not getting support from Kenyans for her gay film ‘Rafiki’.

On Monday, a video emerged on social media of Wanuri’s lecture to a packed auditorium in the United Kingdom in which she blamed Kenyans for not supporting her work.

The film is about a young gay couple in a nation where gay sex is still a criminal offence.

“The reason ‘Rafiki‘ is not watched in Kenya is that Kenyans didn’t advocate for it,” she told the audience.


In April last year, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) demanded that she edits out parts of  the film that were deemed to promote lesbianism, contrary to the law and values of the Kenyans.

Wanuri refused and the film was banned in the country. She went to the High Court in September and got temporarily orders lifting the ban to allow the movie to be considered for an award at the Oscars.

Wanuri received overwhelming support from Kenyans who flocked cinema theaters to watch the movie after the court lifted the ban. Kenyans were also vocal on social media in condemning KFCB boss Ezekiel Mutua for slapping the ban on the movie.

It was therefore a shocker when the video of Wanuri’s speech emerged on social media claiming lack of support from Kenyans.

On Monday, she was forced to delete several tweets she had posted defending herself from making the claims.

She later rectified that the Kenyan audience supported the film and made it one of the highest grossing Kenyan films in opening week.

“I am incredibly grateful to their support and continue to make work that shows us as joyful, vibrant people.”

Still that did not go down well with Kenyans who called her out for her hypocrisy .