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Lupita Nyong’o: one more award for the Kenyan actress

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To what extent will go the reputation of Lupita Nyong’o in 2014? The Hollywood star has not stopped swiping trophies and distinctions since her Oscar last March. On Saturday, 7th June 2014, she won the trophy of the personality of the year of the prestigious MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in Durban (South Africa).

2014 smiles to the Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o. The new ambassadress of the famous brand Lancôme was distinguished on Saturday in a category that includes great personalities as the international Ivorian Yaya Touré, the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adiche, the Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde or the South African comedian Trevor Noah.

Before this new award, Lupita Nyong’o was elected the most beautiful woman of the world by People magazine. The actress in the movie « 12 Years a Slave » is also announced in the shooting of the movie Star Wars 7

Lupita Nyong’o was born in 1983 in Mexico but of Kenyan parents. She was mainly raised in Kenya. Her father was the former Kenyan minister of Medical services. He was elected in 2013 to represent the county of Kisumu at the Senate. He has a doctorate in political sciences of the University of Chicago and he taught in Mexico and in Ethiopia before taking a post at the University of Nairobi where he is teaching political sciences. His uncle was the famous Kenyan pathologist Aggrey Nyong’o, who died in a mysterious car accident in 2002 having been involved in the death of John Anthony Kaiser. His cousin Isis Nyong’o was appointed as one of the most powerful women of Africa by Forbes magazine in 2012.


Lupita Nyong’o followed her university studies of cinema in the United States. In 2008, she got a great success in her country with the television series “Kenya Shuga” before being impressive at Hollywood as actress.


A rising star about whom we will still hear…


2008: East River Court
2013 12 Years a Slave Patsey
2014 Non-Stop Gwen


2009: Kenya Shuga


Original text by: Roger ADZAFO

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