Lupita Amondi Nyong’o is a Kenyan international actress born on March 1, 1983 in Mexico to Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a college professor turned politician. She grew up primarily in Kenya, and describes her upbringing as “middle class, suburban”. When she was sixteen, her parents sent her to Mexico for seven months to learn Spanish. During those seven months, Nyong’o lived in Taxco, Guerrero, and took classes at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Learning Center for Foreigners. Her family was later forced to leave Kenya because of political unrest.
For her education, she attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College. The dark skinned beauty began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009). Lupita’s movies includes; 12 Years a Slave, Non-Stop, The Jungle Book, Queen of Katwe and many others.