Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in 12 Years A Slave, reacts on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on March 2, 2014. Picture: Lucy Nicholson

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta is leading Kenyans in celebrating the Oscar victory of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie 12 Years A Slave.

Kenyatta told Nyong'o on Twitter on Monday: “You are the pride of Africa.”

On Sunday, the day of the Oscars, Kenyatta issued a statement saying Lupita's accomplishment testifies not only to her talent but also her determination and willingness to go that extra mile which success unfailingly demands.

Facebook and Twitter are awash with congratulatory messages from Kenyans for Nyong'o.

Kenyan film director and critic Ogova Ondego, while celebrating the win of Nyong'o, criticised Kenya's government and people for not supporting the arts. - Sapa-AP