Lupita Nyong’O

Lupita Nyong’O


Lupita Nyong’O is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and author.


Lupita Amondi Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and writer. The daughter of Kenyan politician Peter Anyang ‘Nyong’o, Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, where her father was teaching, and was raised in Kenya at the age of one.

Before Fame

At the age of 14, Nyong’o made her professional actress debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in a production by Nairobi-based repertoire company Phoenix Players. While a member of the Phoenix Players, Nyong’o also appeared in the plays On The Razzle and There Goes The Bride.


Nyong’o then attended St. Mary’s School in Nairobi, where she received an IB Diploma in 2001. She went to the United States for university, majoring in film and theater from Hampshire College.

Family Life

Nyong’o was born on March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang ‘Nyong’o, a university professor. The family had left Kenya in 1980 for a period because of political repression and unrest; Peter’s brother, Charles Nyong’o, went missing after being thrown from a ferry in 1980.

Associated With

Nyong’o first appeared on the cover of British Vogue in February ’20. In March 2020, she was on the list of “50 most powerful women in Africa” by Forbes.