Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the USA and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Acting program.
In 2009, Nyong’o released her moving documentary In My Genes. It is a documentary that tells the plight of people living with Albinism in Kenya. The film follows 8 people and reveals their struggle in coping with a condition that is rarely understood by most people in Kenya; but equally celebrates their resilience through stigmatisation that is no fault of their own.
During the same year, Lupita was also the lead in MTV’s award-winning TV drama series, Shuga (2009), It is a controversial hard-hitting drama that followed the lives, loves and ambitions of a group of young people whose bright lives and futures are perilously out of balance due to their love of living dangerously.
Her feature film debut is acclaimed director, Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael K. Williams, Paul Giamatti, Michael Fassbender and many others) which is based on true events in Solomon Northup’s life. Northup was born free and a talented musician who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and after 12 years of bondage, was able to escape.
Lupita will next appear in Non-Stop (Starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore) released later this year.
Africa | Hamar Women, Ethiopia | Postcard image from the work of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher in a study of the women of the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia and the surrounding countries.
…Seriously, the master side-eye must be a genetic ability passed down through the diaspora.