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CNN’s List of Things You Didn’t Know about Lupita Nyong’o

January 25, 2015

by Sarah Ahmad

Lupita Nyong'o

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With her enormous sense of self and superb personality. Some of the items on this list will leave you more impressed with Lupita Nyong’o.

credit: African Luxury Magazine

credit: African Luxury Magazine

Lupita Nyong’o became a household name overnight after the hype that followed the film “12 Years A Slave.” Her amazing performance landed her an Oscar for best supporting actress and propelled her career to new heights. Following the success of the film, Lupita Nyong’o has become much more than just an actress, her name and face has become her own brand, synonymous with an exuding aura of poise, intellect, and a desirable fashion sense.

In her latest interview with CNN, the actress highlights some facts about her life that not many know of, like how she was born in Mexico or that she had a blossoming acting career even before “12 Years A Slave.” Through her revealing little anecdotes Lupita uncovers more about her multidimensional background.

credit: African Luxury Magazine

credit: African Luxury Magazine

 

 I. “She straddles many worlds: Nyong’o was born in Mexico when her Kenyan parents were in political exile. Her family later returned to Kenya, where she spent most of her childhood. Her first name, she says, is the short version of the word “Guadalupe.” She later went to the United States, where she got her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and later graduated from Yale School of Drama in 2012.”

 II. “She has a connection to President Barak Obama: Nyong’o is a Luo, the same tribe as Obama’s father.”

 III. “She’s been a star-crossed lover: Her first big acting break came when she was 14 and played Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at a Kenyan theater. “That was amazing … since before that I had been a village girl at a school show,” she tells Arise Entertainment 360. “I just came to life on stage, I just loved it so much.”

 

Although fairly new to her multi-international fame, Nyong’o’s film projects and personal style continues to take the world by storm, but what keeps her rooted is sharing her story across the globe — to inspire women and girls.

The Global Connections for Women (GC4W) proudly supports the success of this multilingual, Yale educated, fashionista. To us Lupita Nyong’o is not only a talented actress, but one that we recognize as a Global Women Champion, because her story motivates and inspires us to commitment to our goals.  To read more, check out the full CNN story here.

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