- Full Name: Lupita Amondi Nyong'o
- Categories: Film & Theater
- Gender: Female
- Birth Country: Mexico
- Date of Birth: March 01
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. She had her first feature film role in Steve McQueen's historical drama “12 Years a Slave" (2013), winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her subsequent movies include “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), “The Queen of Katwe” (2016) and the “The Jungle Book” (2016). She attended Rusinga International School in Kenya and acted in school plays, with a minor role in Oliver Twist being her first play. Nyong'o later joined St. Mary's School in Nairobi, where she received an IB Diploma in 2001 before go to college in the United States.