KENYAN ACTRESS LUPITA NYONGO TAKING OVER HOLLYWOOD
Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico, to Kenyan parents, and was raised primarily in Kenya. Her father, the politician Anyang' Nyong'o, is the former Minister for Medical Services and was elected in 2013 to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago and taught in Mexico and Ethiopia before taking a position at the University of Nairobi, where he is a Professor of Political Science.
Nyong'o attended university in the United States. After graduating from Hampshire College with a a degree in film and theatre studies,she studied acting at the Yale School of Drama.At Yale she appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya, and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter’s Tale.
After graduation, she worked on the production crew of many films, including Fernando Mereilles The Constant Gardener and Mira Nair's The Namesake. She returned to Kenya in 2008 and starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga. In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya's albino population. She made her American film debut in British director Steve McQueen's upcoming film, 12 Years a Slave.