Lupita Nyong’o is one of the most famous women in the world. The award-winning actress has put Kenya on the world map and we are proud of her.
Born to Kenyan power couple Anyang’ and Dorothy Nyong’o, Lupita continues to shine and she is taking Hollywood by storm. The 12 Years A Slave star has not had it smooth while growing up and she recently opened up about her childhood.
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Lupita revealed how her father, the current Kisumu governor Professor Anyang Nyong’o and mother Dorothy ( the managing director of Africa Cancer Foundation) used to shield them (her and her siblings) from the world when they were still young.
“My parents shielded us from a lot. It would be dangerous for us to know things because then we could be a target. So they raised us with a semblance of normalcy. There were times when we were under house arrest and couldn’t go to school. I knew we were in a different situation than my friends.”
“Even when things were out of sorts, my mother ran the house like always. You were in that bathtub at 6; you were in bed at 7. I remember my father being gone for long stretches when he was detained without trial. You can’t let your emotions get the better of you. And if you’re on a winning streak, the last thing you want to do is pat yourself on the back.”
Lupita was not exceptional for being black and people used to make racial remarks about her skin colour.
“I used to be teased and teased. They called me black mamba, awful names. You know what I gained? Compliments never grow old. They’re delightful every time.”