Lupita Nyong'o





We are not sure where to start with Lupita’s story. Talk fame, talk success, talk putting Kenya on the map. Lupita has done Kenya more than proud. A young woman born in Mexico City in 1983, to Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and Dorothy Nyong’o. Because of her Luo origin, her parents decided to give her a Mexican name, Lupita, after the events of the day. The name Lupita meant a diminutive of our lady of Guadalupe.



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17,September,2014 Lupita grows in the film industry

Lupita has worked in some of the biggest movies including 'The Constant Gardener', 'The Namesake' and '12 years a slave'. Lupita has confessed that Ralph Fiennes had a major influence in her life because he advised ‘Lupita, only be an actor if you feel there is nothing else in the world you want to do- only do it if you feel you cannot live without acting’. Lupita was raised in Kenya though she received her education in the USA and is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

17,September,2014 Lupitas family ran into exile in Mexico

While in Kenya, Lupita’s family suffered torture and brutality during the Moi regime. Lupita’s father was tortured severally while her uncle’s body was never found. At the moment, Lupita’s dad is a renowned Kenyan politician who serves as the senator for Kisumu County. Lupita’s family had to move to Mexico where Professor Nyong’o secured employment at El Colegio de Mexico, as a political science lecturer. Later in 1987, the family moved back to Kenya but they had to go into hiding in several safe houses. Young Lupita, the second of six children had to relocate severally with her family because their father was often spending nights in jail. The brutality forced the family to flee to Mexico where Lupita was born. Professor Nyong’o has been the secretary general of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and has also served as the minister for medical services.

17,September,2014 Ralph Fiennes encouraged Lupita to venture further into acting

Lupita’s parents returned to Kenya during their daughter’s childhood, but having taken drama classes and having a major role in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Lupita returned to Mexico to learn Spanish during her teens. She studied in Hampshire College, and in 2003, earned a degree in film. During the summer vacation, when she returned to Kenya in 2003, she joined the filming for ' Constant Gardener’ where she met Ralph Fiennes who encouraged her to fully venture in to acting. Lupita returned to the States to continue her interest in acting, and in 2012, she earned a master’s degree from Yale School of Drama after performing with the schools theatre in works like ‘The Winter’s Tale’.

17,September,2014 Lupita becomes a darling in the Kenyan Television Scene

Lupita heightened her skill as a filmmaker when she directed and produced ‘In my Genes’, a 2009 documentary that focused on Kenyans living with albinism. Later, Lupita became a darling in the Kenyan television scene when she played the role of Ayira in MTV’s award winning ‘shuga’. This was an MTV and UNICEF sponsored series that focused on sexual relationships among Nairobi youths with an aim of promoting safe sex and HIV awareness through acting.

17,September,2014 12 years a slave

When Lupita won the Oscar for her role in ‘12 years a slave’, she was the first Kenyan to receive an Oscar. In addition, she was the first actress of African origin to win best supporting actress and also the first Mexican-born actress to receive an Oscar. Lupita is fluent in Swahili, English, Spanish and Luo and considers herself Mexican-Kenyan. Lupita has received several rewards for her role in ‘12 Years a slave’ amongst other awards, she has also become a fashion icon making several red-carpet appearances and posing for magazine pictures. Lupita Nyongo has posted ‘"I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away!"

17,September,2014 Lupita Nyong'o Wins Best Supporting Female at Spirit Awards

Lupita Nyong'o Wins Best Supporting Female for '12 Years a Slave' at Spirit Awards. March 1, 2014

17,September,2014 Lupita Nyong'o Wins Best Supporting Actress at NAACP Image Awards

On Feb. 22, 2014 Lupita Nyongo wins best supporting Actress at NAACP image Awards

17,September,2014 Lupita Nyong'o Acceptance Speech after Winning Critics Choice Awards 2014.

Lupita delivered a moving speech after winning her Best Supporting Actress award for 12 Years a Slave from the Critics' Choice Awards. She dedicated the award to her late uncle.

17,September,2014 Lupita Nyong'o winning Best Supporting Actress

Christoph Waltz presenting Lupita Nyong'o with the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "12 Years a Slave" at the 86th Oscars® in 2014.

17,September,2014 Lupita Nyong'o Wins Supporting Actress at SAG 2014

Lupita Nyong'o scoops Supporting Actress at SAG 2014

17,September,2014 6. Lupita Nyong'o - BAFTA Film Awards Red Carpet 2014

Zoë Ball interviews Supporting Actress and EE Rising Star nominee Lupita Nyong'o on the red carpet at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014.

17,September,2014 Lupita Nyong'o Walks Red Carpet of MTV Movie Awards

Lupita Nyong'o arrives with her mother Dorothy Nyong'o at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California

17,September,2014 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o named MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Personality Of The Year

DURBAN: Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o won the personality of the year award at the 2014 MTV African Music Awards (MAMA) held in South Africa's southeastern city of Durban on Saturday. The 31-year-old, who won the best supporting actress Academy Award in March for her role in historical



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