The Oscar Winning Actress Lupita Amondi Nyong’o

Lupita Amondi Nyong’o our Woman in Focus is a Mexican-Kenyan actress and film director. Born in Mexico but raised in Kenya Lupita grew up in an artistic family which often included get togethers, where the children would do performances. She had her ultimate breakthrough in 2013 with the Oscar winning performance in the film- 12 Years a Slave.

When Lupita graduated from Yale with a master’s degree she was already given the role of Patsy in 12 Years a Slave. Director Steve Mqueen has said “We auditioned over 2,000 women all around the world, I always compare it to the search for Scarlett O’Hara. I had a tape of Lupita’s, and I couldn’t believe it. I thought, Is this person real?… She’s a total professional, incredible.”

After winning her Oscar, returning to her homeland Kenya Lupita had announced she will be joining the conservation organisation WildAid as their new Global Elephant Ambassador. Speaking to the BBC “Elephants are one of our big five. We have their image on our money. I know this is something that is great source of pride for Kenya. This is global heritage, but it’s in our care. The tusks are a very small part of an elephant to lose the entire animal form”.

Our woman in focus is incredibly sophisticated, who has grown to be a huge name in our society being the first African Actress to win an Oscar. And has the drive and humble heart to help the animal kingdom with the current issues.


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