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Monday, February 03, 2014 

Meet Lupita Nyongo’o, Kenya’s shining actress

Lupita Nyongo starred in 12 years a slave


KAMPALA, UGANDA - Actress Lupita Nyong’o star has continued to shine ever since the movie “12 Years A Slave” in which she portrays slave girl Patsey made it to the silver screen across the globe.

In her exploding career Lupita has managed to bag numerous awards including Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

She was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best and stands a chance to win an Oscar.

Who is Lupita

Lupita is a Kenyan talented actress who was born in Mexico City in 1983 while his father was a lecturer of political science in in the North American city.

She is daughter of Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o the current Senator representing Kisumu County and also Secretary-General of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in Kenya.

She’s from a family that has produced some of Africa respected personalities like her cousin, Isis Nyong’o, who was named one of Africa’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine in 2012.

Lupita at the tender age of 16, her parents who had moved back to Nairobi, sent her to Mexico to learn Spanish from where she joined a US University.

She has worked on the production crew of many films, including Fernando Meirelles’s “The Constant Gardener”, with Ralph Fiennes, and Mira Nair’s “The Namesake”.

She starred in the 2008 short film East River, directed by Marc Grey. 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, which played at several film festivals. She later joined Yale School of Drama where she appeared in many stage productions.

She was cast in 12 Years a Slave immediately after her graduation from Yale in 2012 and the movie was released in 2013 to great critical acclaim.

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 American-British epic historical drama film about slavery. In a preview, the Guardian’s, Paul MacInnes describes the slavery drama as “a brutal, excoriating and vital companion”

In the movie, British director Steve McQueen lines up Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyongo’o in a star-studded cast.

Based on a first-hand account, Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a freed black man living in Saratoga Springs, near New York City.

When his wife takes a trip out of town, however, Northup is tempted into earning extra money by performing for a travelling circus.

He heads to Washington with new companions only to be drugged, kidnapped and bound in chains just a stone’s throw from the Capitol building. The brutal life in slavery and the fight for freedom ensues. 

By Baz Waiswa, Monday, February 03rd, 2014