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Lupita Nyong’o Profile
Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Daytime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She has received nominations for a Golden Globe Award, two BAFTA Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award.
Lupita Nyong’o Age
Nyong’o is 40 years old as of 2023. She was born on 1st March 1983 in, Mexico City, Mexico. Additionally, she celebrates her birthday on the 1st of March every year.
Lupita Nyong’o Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Lupita Nyong’o Family in Mexico
Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico City to Kenyan parents. Her family left Kenya in 1980 due to political repression and unrest. Her father is a college professor and was once a Minister for Medical Services in the Kenyan government. Nyong’o has dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship and identifies as “Kenyan-Mexican.” She is the second of six children.
Lupita Nyong’o Family in Kenya
The family returned to their native Kenya when Nyong’o was less than one year old after her father was appointed as a professor at the University of Nairobi. She grew up primarily in Nairobi, in an artistic family, and describes her upbringing as “middle class, suburban.” Family get-togethers often included performances by the children and trips to see plays. She attended Rusinga International School in Kenya and acted in school plays.
Lupita Nyong’o’s father was elected to the Kenyan Senate in 2013 and became Governor of Kisumu County in 2017. Her mother is the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and her own communications company. Her other family members include:
- Tavia Nyong’o, a scholar and professor at New York University
- Omondi Nyong’o, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Palo Alto, California
- Kwame Nyong’o, one of Kenya’s leading animators and a leading technology expert
- Isis Nyong’o, a media and technology leader who was named one of Africa’s most powerful young women by Forbes magazine
Lupita Nyong’o Education
Nyong’o received her early education at Rusinga International School in Kenya. She then attended St. Mary’s School in Nairobi, where she received an IB Diploma in 2001. Nyong’o went on to study film and theatre studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
After Hampshire College, Nyong’o enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program in acting at the Yale School of Drama. She graduated in 2012 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Nyong’o’s education has helped her to become one of the most successful actresses in the world. She has won numerous awards for her work, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is also a role model for many young people, and her story is an inspiration to us all.
Lupita Nyong’o Boyfriend
Nyong’o’s only confirmed relationship was with Somali-Canadian musician and poet K’naan. They met in New York in September 2013 and started dating. Their relationship was made public six months later, but they broke up a year later. The reason for their breakup is unknown.
In 2018, fans speculated that Nyong’o was dating Michael B. Jordan, and in 2019, there were rumors that she was dating singer Janelle Monáe. However, neither of these relationships was confirmed. Nyong’o has also been linked to Jared Leto and Michael Fassbender, but these rumors have never been substantiated.
Lupita Nyong’o Career
Nyong’o began her career working as part of the production crew for several films, including Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener (2005), Mira Nair’s The Namesake (2006), and Salvatore Stabile’s Where God Left His Shoes (2007). Moreover, she cites Ralph Fiennes, the British star of The Constant Gardener, as someone who inspired her to pursue a professional acting career.
Furthermore, in 2008, Nyong’o starred in the short film East River, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn. She returned to Kenya that same year and appeared in the Kenyan television series Shuga, an MTV Base Africa/UNICEF drama about HIV/AIDS prevention.
In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the discriminatory treatment of Kenya’s albino population. It played at several film festivals and won first prize at the 2008 Five College Film Festival. Nyong’o also directed the music video “The Little Things You Do” by Wahu, featuring Bobi Wine, which was nominated for the Best Video Award at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009.
Nyong’o partnered with Nairobi-based media and tech startup Kukua in support of YouTube Originals’ STEM-themed. Moreover, Super Sema (2021), became Africa’s first kid superhero animated series. Additionally, Super Sema follows the adventures of an extraordinary young African girl, Sema, who lives in the neo-African-futuristic community of Dunia.
Lupita Nyong’o Who Are You, Charlie Brown?
Nyong’o serves as an executive producer and voice actress in the series. Afterward, she starred alongside Juan Castano in Saheem Ali’s bilingual radio play adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, titled Romeo y Julieta (2021). She also provided narration for Apple TV+’s documentary, Who Are You, Charlie Brown? (2021), based on the origins of Peanuts and its creator Charles M. Schulz.
Nyong’o won the Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children’s Program category at the 48th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for her involvement in Netflix’s television series, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (2020). Additionally, in 2021, Nyong’o reprised her narration role in Serengeti (2019), where she earned her second Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Lupita Nyong’o Upcoming Projects
Nyong’o is developing a television series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, which she will produce and star in. Moreover, she will produce and star in Born a Crime. Additionally, a film adaptation of Trevor Noah’s memoir of the same name, in which she will portray Noah’s mother, Patricia.
Moreover, she will be reuniting with director Abe Forsythe and the creative team behind the horror comedy film Little Monsters for a starring role in a science fiction comedy film. In February 2021, Nyong’o announced that she will produce an animated musical based on her number-one best-selling children’s book, Sulwe (2019), for Netflix
Lupita Nyong’o Movies and TV Shows
- 12 Years a Slave Patsey
- Non-Stop Gwen Lloyd
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Maz Kanata
- The Jungle Book Raksha (voice)
- Queen of Katwe Nakku Harriet
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi Maz Kanata
- Black Panther Nakia
- Little Monsters Miss Audrey Caroline
- Us Adelaide Wilson / Red
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Nakia
- Shuga Ayira
- Human Resources Asha
Lupita Nyong’o Net Worth
Nyong’o has an estimated annual salary of $ 10 million to $ 15 million earned from her career as an Actor.
Lupita Nyong’o Social Media Platforms
Nyong’o is very active on her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. She has 1.9 Million followers on Twitter, 9.5 Million followers on Instagram, and 3.6 Million followers on Facebook.