Lupita Amondi Nyong’o was born as second of six children on 1st March, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico during the time of her parents visit to Mexico, where her father was a visiting Academic of Political Science to El Colegio de Mexico City, Mexico. Nyong’o hails from the Luo ethnic group of western Kenya to both Kenya parents (a father politician and academic, Peter Ayang’ Nyong’o, and a career mother, managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and her own communications company, Dorothy Nyong’o). Lupita returned to her native country, Kenya barely at age of 1 with her parents, where she started her early education at All Girls College, Hamphire College with a film and Theatre Studies Degree and Yale School of Drama with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting in the United States. She attended Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico’s Learning Centre for Foreigners to learn Spanish (Seven months). She speaks English, Spanish, Swahili, and her native Luo fluently. Nyong’o is a dual citizen of Kenya and Mexico. Ngong’o draws her inspiration from few individuals: Alex Wek, a South Sudanese Supermodel dealing with the issue of people of colour; and Fiennes, a professional actor for her career choice. Her artistic family background helped her acting career too, such as many children performances during family get-togethers and outings to see plays. It can be said that Lupita came from a family of very successful individuals, from her father, a Kenyan Senator representing Kisumu County (2013), to her mother, the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and her own communications company, to her cousin, Tavia Nyong'o, a scholar and professor at New York University, to her older cousin, Isis Nyong'o, named one of Africa's most powerful women by Forbes magazine (2012), to her uncle, Aggrey Nyong'o, a prominent Kenyan physician, killed in a road accident (2002). Lupita started her acting career during her college day with Oliver Twist being her first play, but, her professional acting debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet produced by Phoenix Players, a Nairobi, Kenya-based repertory company at age 14. She featured in other productions of the company such as On The Razzle and There Goes The Bride. In 2008, she featured in short film East River, shot in Brooklyn, New Year with Marc Grey directing. Also, Lupita returned to Kenya to star in the Kenyan television series Shuga, an MTV Base Africa/UNICEF drama about HIV/AIDS prevention. While, in 2009, Nyong’o wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, a story of the treatment of Kenya's albino population that played at several film festivals and won first prize at the 2008 Five College Film Festival. Again, she directed The Little Things You Do music video by Wahu ft. Bobi Wine, which was nominated for the Best Video Award at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009. During her studies at Yale, Nyong’o featured in several stage productions such as Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter's Tale. She acted in the film 12 Years a Slave shortly before graduating from Yale in 2012. The movie was released in 2013 gave Nyong'o rave reviews for her role and received many awards nominations such as a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won. She co-starred in Liam Neeson's film, Non-Stop in 2014. She received the Herschel Williams Prize, acting students with outstanding ability, for the 2011–2012 school year at Yale. Lupita won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film 12 Years a Slave, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award on March 2, 2014. Nyong'o face was selected as one of the faces alongside those of Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote for Miu Miu's Spring 2014 campaign. Lupita has appeared on the covers of many magazines such as New York's Spring 2014 fashion issue, and United Kingdom’s magazine, Dazed & Confused. She has consistently featured on Harper's Bazaar's Derek Blasberg's Best Dressed List from Autumn 2013. Written By: Abraham Alfa
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