Lupita Nyong’o is the latest African to win an Oscar

Lupita Nyong’o won her first Academy Award ahead of fellow nominee and rising mega star Jennifer Lawrence, Nyong’o wrote a new chapter in African talent when she joined an ever-growing list of Africans who have taken home the illustrious statuette. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in the film 12 Years a Slave at the 86th Academy Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o

A category in which she was nominated with Sally Hawkins, June Squibb and previous winners Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence.

This Mexico born daughter of Kenyan politician had previously appeared in a short film East River in 2008 before co-starring in┬áSteve McQueen’s critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave alongside Hollywood heavyweights; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson as well as Alfre Woodard and Brad Pitt.

Though she was born in Mexico City, Mexico, she moved back to Kenya with her parents when she was less than a year old. She grew up there and has described her upbringing as “middle class, suburban”. Her father is an active politician in Kenya, last year he was elected to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate.

Her win as an African follows that of other highly successful African Hollywood stars like Charlize Theron and Djimon Hounsou.

Nyong’o is to play a part of Gwen Lloyd in Non-Stop which will star Liam Neeson.



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