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. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Acting program. Her stage credits at the School include Uncle Vanya, The Taming of the Shrew, friendship of her thighs and elijah.
Lupita’s film and TV credits include playing the lead in the first series of Shuga as Ayira. This year Lupita returns as both actor and co-director alongside acclaimed South African director, Teboho Mahlatsi. She has also worked on the production teams of critically acclaimed films including The Constant Gardener (2005) directed by Fernando Mereilles and The Namesake (2006) directed by Mira Nair.