Lupita Amondi Nyong’o, born March 1, 1983, better known as Lupita Nyong’o, is an award-winning Kenyan–Mexican actress. She received her education in the US and, in a short period of time, moved from working as a production assistant to receiving an “Academy Award.”
|Full Name:||Lupita Amondi Nyong’o|
|Date of Birth:||March 1, 1983|
|Place of Birth:||Mexico City|
|Net Worth:||$10 million|
Early Life and Education
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o was born in Mexico City. Her family was originally from Kenya, but due to political oppression they were forced to flee.
They had all endured hardships as a result of their activism in opposition to a cruel president. While her uncle was attacked and forced off a ferry, her father was subjected to torture.
The official report said that it had been an accident, but his body was never found. Her profound comprehension of her character’s suffering in “12 Years a Slave” was possibly made possible by the atrocities her family had to endure.
She gave a fantastic performance in the film, which was aided by her expertise.
Despite the difficulties, her family gave their daughter a secure and supportive atmosphere. Her parents, who are from Kenya, are both highly educated adults who cultivated their kids’ intelligence and creativity.
Her mother, Dorothy Ogada Buyu, runs her own communications firm in addition to serving as managing director of the “Africa Cancer Foundation.”
Her father, Peter Anyang Nyong’o, is a politician and college professor who served as Kenya’s minister of health.
Lupita spent her early years in Nairobi until her family returned to Kenya when she was a year old. Her family eventually sent her to Mexico for seven months to study the language.
She discovered her love for performing while participating in school plays at the “Rusinga International School” in Kenya.
When she was 14, she played Romeo in a production of “Romeo and Juliet” by the “Phoenix Players” company. She attended college in the US after completing her schooling at Nairobi’s “St. Mary’s School.”
At “Hampshire College,” she pursued theater and film studies. She returned to school once her acting career took off.
She enrolled at the esteemed “Yale School of Drama,” where she participated in numerous school productions and even took home a trophy for “Acting Students with Outstanding Ability.”
She won the role of “Patsey” in the historical drama “12 Years a Slave” shortly after graduating from “Yale” (2013).
The movie had a stellar cast, was produced by Brad Pitt, and was directed by Steve McQueen. So, it came as no surprise that it was the highlight of that year’s “Academy Awards.”
It told the tale of “Solomon Northup,” a free man who was abducted and bought and sold as a slave. Solomon was portrayed making friends with Patsey, a child slave played by Lupita Nyong’o.
Critics praised her performance. She “gives one of the most devoted big-screen debuts imaginable,” according to the British cinema magazine “Empire.”
She also gave a standout performance in the critically acclaimed drama “Eclipsed” on “Broadway.” In addition to acting in blockbuster films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Jungle Book,” “Black Panther,” and the horror film “Us.”
She also directed a music video and works to bring attention to concerns in Africa such severe health challenges, poachers, and animal rights.
She has also discussed the negative aspects of Hollywood, including the sexual harassment that many performers face in the business.
The actress made a comeback to the big screen in 2016 with roles in “The Jungle Book” and “Queen of Katwe.”
She played “Nakia” in the phenomenal Marvel box office success Black Panther, a role Lupita, describes as being fun for her.
Lupita Nyong’o also said it felt amazing to be the star of an action movie. She added that she hadn’t anticipated how rigorous her training would be.
Lupita Nyong’o Net Worth
Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan actress and director of music videos. Her estimated net worth is $10 million.
After the film “Us” came out, some claimed that she had changed the voice of her character to demonize individuals with disabilities.
She clarified that she had no bad intentions when she altered her voice to fit her character and that the illness known as spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological disorder, served as inspiration for her voice in the film.
The voice of Red, she said, “was a mixture of influences and unmistakably a fabrication of my mind.”
When it comes to her private life, Lupita Nyong’o is quite discreet. She was said to be dating many men, but she declined to address any speculations regarding this.
She probably doesn’t have time for a relationship because she is so busy with her charitable work and other activities.
She gives speeches extolling the virtues of black women, fights for the rights of animals, and pushes for the establishment of birthing facilities in Uganda.
She also works as a model and has been selected to represent numerous fashion houses and periodicals.
Lupita Nyong’o has five siblings, whom she grew up together with under the care of her parents.
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