Lupita Amondi Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress and film director. She was born in Mexico, but was raised in Kenya. She attended college in the United States, earning a Bachelor's degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College. Nyong'o started in the film industry as a production assistant on several Hollywood films. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film “East River” and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series “Shuga” (2009). In 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary “In My Genes”. Nyong'o later completed a master's degree in acting in 2012, from the Yale School of Drama.