Lupita Nyong’o

by ethnic on February 28, 2014

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Birth Name: Lupita Amondi Nyong’o

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1983

Ethnicity: Luo Kenyan

Lupita Nyong’o is an actress and director. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave (2013).

She was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu Nyong’o and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a college professor and politician, who has been Governor of Kisumu County, since 2017, and had previously served as a Member of the Kenyan Parliament, from 2003 to 2013, and a Minister of Medical Services in the Kenyan government, from 2008 to 2013.

Lupita is of Luo descent. She is fluent in Spanish, Luo, English, and Swahili.

Her parents were living Mexico at the time of her birth because her father was a political enemy of Daniel arap Moi, who was President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. Her father’s brother, Charles, died in a fall from a boat, possibly as a politically-motivated murder to intimidate Lupita’s family. Lupita’s father was working as a visiting lecturer at a Mexican university when she was born.

It is a Luo tradition to name a child after the day’s events, and so, because of the family’s Mexican residence and her Mexican birth, she was named Lupita as a tribute to Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Lupita’s parents moved back to Kenya in the mid 1980s, though Lupita spent some more time in Mexico, in Taxco, Guerrero, during her teen years. Her father was imprisoned and tortured by the Kenyan government in 1987.

Lupita’s paternal grandmother was named Dorca Owino Amolo. Dorca was born in Agok, Uyoma, Kenya.

Lupita’s maternal grandfather was Laban Onyango Buyu (the son of Adere Buyu). Laban was born in Kisumu, Kisumu, Kenya.

Lupita’s maternal grandmother was named Roscmcll Jane Achieng.

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Adamina September 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Lupita is very beautiful and she has great fashion sense. I wish a photo of her smiling/laughing was put here

athelya November 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

she’s beautiful. I wish more black people could embrace their natural futures like she does.

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:29 pm

beautiful afro-latina

cwm85 September 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Latina? She is pure African no European mixture. Both of her parents are pure Africans, she was just born in Mexico.

flo January 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

You don’t have to be mixed to be Latina. Latina means you come from a Spanish speaking country.

However Lupita (although born in Mexico) isn’t Latina as her parents are Kenyan.

cwm85 July 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

She’s not my type but she is wonderful African Woman. Respect. Good fashion sense too.

tyr July 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

‘Most beautiful woman in the world’

[citation needed]

Multiethnicchick April 13, 2015 at 11:42 am

Where’s a picture of her smiling. she’s got a great smile

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:27 am

Natural beauty. Intelligent. Smart. Tall. Exotic.

What more could you want?

Jello February 2, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Very pretty and intelligent.

Sully January 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

She’s really pretty.

Dogg January 2, 2015 at 7:30 am

I can understand why people like her and think she’s attractive. But personally, I don’t think she’s that great look-wise, just average/pretty. She is a great actress though.

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

shut up idiot

M June 5, 2015 at 7:45 pm

How childish of you to call someone an idiot simply because their opinion is different than yours. Is that how you are in real life? How miserable you must be. Lupita is very average, there are hundreds of other black actresses who look so much better than her. Even her acting is mediocre.

andrew October 15, 2014 at 4:56 am

she’s the proof you’re wrong

tinasheeeee August 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

She is Mexican in nationality wise, but in ethnic background she is Kenyan.

arjanguelsk August 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

beautiful black girl :D and very talent!

arjanguelsk August 13, 2014 at 9:23 am


ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 4:47 am

She’s lighter skinned than the average Kenyan girl, she looks like a man too.

Very masculine face and physique for a woman.

JustThatGuy July 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Wow LOL, did a Kenyan girl break your heart or something? No normal person carries this much hate around for no reason…

person July 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

She’s African period.

neiltennant July 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm

nice face but very overrated there are millions of girls who look better and have more talent

this is unfair i know 20 girls from eritrea who look better but they are not famous

JustThatGuy July 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

“nice face but very overrated there are millions of girls who look better and have more talent

this is unfair i know 20 girls from eritrea who look better but they are not famous” – I laughed at all of this XD

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Very pretty. Such nice skin. And she’s intelligent too, almost rare in Hollywood these days!..good for her for rockin the au naturale do! tired of all the ugly overdone weaves extensions and pieces in Hollywood. Jusy looks ugly and so fake!

andrew June 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

lol..too dark?! maybe coz she’s black..

fuzzybear44 June 17, 2014 at 1:29 am



ME June 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

She needs hair,no matter if is frizzy,curly,straight,black,blonde..

WTF June 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

she’s pretty but she would look better if she got a perm or a weave

tinasheeeee April 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I don’t care what you people say. She is beautiful even though she has short hair. She is very talented and all the success that she is getting is well-deserved and works hard!

sarahle April 27, 2014 at 10:47 am
neiltennant July 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm


short hair do make most beautiful girls/woman to ugly lesbians
but not here

neiltennant April 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

Ethnicity: German, Italian, Greek and swedish


Check7t March 10, 2014 at 2:41 am

Looks like a man.

JustThatGuy March 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

Because she has short hair and a fit, toned body?

LOL. Racist whites amuse when they get angry. XD

Check7t March 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

So since I say I don’t find a certain black women attractive that means I’m racist and white?

No, you’re clearly stupid boy.

JustThatGuy March 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm


The ONLY people that have made these comments about Lupita Nyong’o since she became famous, are racist whites (usually American).

You may not be racist, but your comment echoes the statements of many people that are.

You call me stupid, yet are unable to recognise the beauty of this woman? Nope, not happening. YOU are the stupid one here. You’re also trying way too hard to sound innocent lol.

smiley March 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm

You shouldn’t call someone racist just because they disagree with you. The person never said she was ugly because of her race, he/she might find other African women attractive. I think she’s very pretty.

JustThatGuy July 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm

@smiley Are you entirely uneducated? LOL. Check7t’s original comments practically SMELLS of racial undertones. Don’t be so naive! XD

Dogg January 2, 2015 at 7:29 am

What a load of BS. Even if the guy wasn’t attracted to her because of her race, that’s still not racism.

Multiethnicchick May 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

no she doesn’t. Clearly you’ve never seen a black man

xforeverlove21 April 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm

How? She looks like a pretty woman.

der40 March 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Is she considered a Latina?

Jjjay March 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

Yes! Also, Mexican. Just like you can be considered American (US, I mean) and not be Native American.

dawei April 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm

NO SHE’S NOT MEXICAN only by birth ,but then i guess im ”chinese”’ cuz i speak mandarin ……

ssempre April 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

that makes no sense whatsoever, she was born in mexico, making her a mexican citizen I believe.. Thats why she can be considered mexican. But you however, are not chinese just because you can speak mandarin, your comparison is just down right stupid.

flo January 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

No. Yes she was born in Mexixo but her parents aren’t.

ihatemostpeople March 1, 2014 at 7:22 am

She’s alright. Overrated.

JustThatGuy March 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Nah. The hype is well-deserved.

JasonBaker March 1, 2014 at 2:29 am

She is extremely talented!

ethnic March 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

And beautiful

ashash March 30, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Yes. The attention she is getting is well deserved.

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