Lupita Nyong’o: a Hollywood star is born “From Africa”

4 Mar

Diaspora Celebrity

 

 

The winner of the best supporting actress Oscar has beauty, charm and talent to burn. Who could fail to be dazzled by her arrival on the A-list?

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“Nee-Yongo.” “En-Yong-Go.” “Nwon-go.” “Nye-ongo.” Nobody on any of the red carpet feeds seemed able to pronounce the surname of the African woman who won the Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday night. It didn’t matter, though. Lupita Nyong’o (there’s a pronunciation guide here, voiced by the actor herself) has arrived. And while most of us seem glad of it, some of us are inevitably more glad than others.

ImageAlthough 12 Years a Slave is her first Hollywood movie – her first job out of Yale Drama School, even – Nyong’o is no ingénue. She’s 31, abundantly talented – having worked on the production crews for Hollywood movies such as The Constant Gardener – and almost extravagantly charming. At…

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