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 Nyongo 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. She is of Luo descent. Lupita 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 a 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

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