Lupita Nyong’o Consideres Herself Mexi-Kenyan

Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, Mexico and considers herself to be Mexi-Kenyan.
The 12 Years a Slave actress was at the Toronto International Film Festival when she said,”I say I’m a Mexi-Kenyan!”

She explained that although she was born in Mexico, she moved to Kenya before she turned one but returned again when she was 16-years-old.

When a Mexican journalist asked her about her heritage, she answered, “I grew up in Kenya, but my parents sent me back to Mexico to learn Spanish when I was 16. So, I did spend some time in Mexico in my adolescence … So, of course, I have a special place for Mexico in my heart. It’s my birthplace.”

According to an interview with The Independent, a British newspaper, Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o (Lupita’s father) revealed that they moved to Mexico because of the abuse and torture they faced due to their opposition from the regime of then- Kenyan president. Lupita’s uncle, Charles Nyong’o, was on a ferry in Mombasa where he was attacked and disappeared but no witness spoke out due to fear.

Peter went to Mexico in 1983 and taught at a college, before he headed back to Kenya in 1987 to become a politician.

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