Born in Mexico but 100% Kenyan: Lupita Nyong’o

18 Jan

Multi Cultural Cooking Network

To hear her Lupita’s first  name some may recognize it’s Spanish origin and that her last name Nyongo denotes her African heritage.  Currently, the 12 Years a Slavestar is one of Hollywood’s “It girls.”  Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, Mexico where her family were political refugees.  It is traditional to name a child after the events of the day, so her parents decided to give her a Mexican first name. She is the second of six children.

Nyong’o’s parents are Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a politician. She is of Luo descent. Peter was the former Kenyan Minister for Medical Services. At the time of Lupita’s birth, he was a visiting lecturer in political science.[5] He was elected in 2013 to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate.[4] Her cousinIsis Nyong’o was named one of Africa’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine in 2012.

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