The rise and rise of Lupita Nyong’o

What Google does not know — or what Hollywood does not want the world to know — is that Lupita is home-made. She may have been born in Mexico, but she is made in Kenya. PHOTO/COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • Speculation about her love life is also rife online, while her style is a top trending topic. No one has worn clothes with such ease before, the fashionistas say.
  • What Google does not know — or what Hollywood does not want the world to know — is that Lupita is home-made. She may have been born in Mexico, but she is made in Kenya.
  • Lupita was in James Falkland’s last production at the Phoenix, On the Razzle, while her last show at Phoenix was There Goes the Bride. She then went ahead to volunteer as a crew member for The Constant Gardener.
  • Lupita shared the stage with Eddie, Angela Mwandanda (Shinde), Lizz Njaggah-Konstantaras (another amazing Kenyan actress making the waves with her awards in various capacities), TK Katana (Tahidi High), and Victor Gatonye (actor/director) in Falkland’s last production.
  • While filming in Loiyangalani, for instance, temperatures would rise to the 30s and some people in the crew, both foreign and local, were unable to handle it. Many opted out, but not Lupita. Although she suffered nosebleeds due to the high temperatures, she refused to back down and continued working.

Google does not know everything. At least not about Lupita Nyong’o, the undisputed new kid on the Hollywood block.

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