African of the Week: Lupita Nyong’o

If you have not yet heard of her, shame on you; you are unplugged from the rest of the world. Lupita Nyong'o has been lighting up the entertainment news lately and she has just started to warm up. The amazing 30 year old Kenyan-Mexican actress and film director has been captivating the media industry lately with her American film debut in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave as Patsey, for which she received critical acclaim.

Beautiful ( like most African ladies) and smartly elegant, she is poised to be the next Hottest Actress in Hollywood for this year and next. She's been nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the upcoming  86th Academy Awards, which will take place March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The show will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Quick Facts:

Born Lupita Amondi Nyong'o
March 1, 1983 (age 30)
Mexico City, Mexico
Ethnicity Luo
Citizenship Kenyan
Alma mater Yale School of Drama
Occupation Actress, film director
Years active 2004–present

Lupita won the Best Supporting Actress award last month at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for her work in the film, 12 Years a Slave. Her next movie appearance will be in Liam Neeson's upcoming film Non-Stop.

She's building up momentum on her career and we wish her all the best. Words of advise to our new African pearl: Don't do Drugs and Keep Shining!