Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. She has worked on multiple films, plays, a video game, a music video, and a television program. Among her award-winning work was her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. This made her the first Mexican and first Kenyan actress to win an Academy Award.
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o was born in 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico. She has Kenyan parents and has spent years living in Mexico, Kenya, and later the United States. She has five siblings. Before she had her first birthday, her family moved back to Kenya. When she was sixteen her parents sent her to live in Mexico and learn Spanish. She attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She later graduated from Hampshire University in Massachusetts, United States with a degree in film and theatre studies.
Lupita started working on the production crew of several films in the early 2000s. She starred in the short film “East River” in 2008. She next returned to Kenya and appeared in the television series Shuga. She then wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes.
She later attended Yale School of Drama and appeared in stage productions while there. She won their Hershel Williams Prize. The prize honored her acting ability for the 2011-2012 school year. Her critically acclaimed role in 2013’s 12 Years a Slave was then her breakthrough film role. Additional roles, including parts in Star Wars films, have followed. This multilingual actress has appeared on several magazine covers around the world as well.
In 2014, Lupita worked to preserve a historic neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. In 2015, she returned to Kenya to work for WildAid, to promote women’s issues, acting, and the arts. She has been named WildAid’s Global Elephant Ambassador. She is, also, involved with Mother Health International, which provides aid to women and children in Uganda.
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