Actress Lupita Nyong’o made history when she received the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave last night. The 31-year old is Hollywood’s “It” girl and made her mark at the Oscars, becoming the sixth black actress to receive the award for Best Supporting Actress. Past winners include Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind, Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, Mo’Nique in Precious and Octavia Spencer in The Help.
Viewers across the world cheered as she received her award, including her native countries of Kenya & Mexico. At the rise of her success, entertainment articles in both Mexico and Kenya have feuded over which country gets to claim her. Articles featured in the Mexican-based paper Milenio, states her as a Mexican actress; while Kenya’s Standard Digital news released a video describing the debate over her nationality.
According to El Mañana, Lupita claims both countries equally: “I am Mexican and Kenyan at the same time. I’ve seen quarrels over my nationality but I’m Kenyan and Mexican at the same time. So again, I am Mexican-Kenyan and I am fascinated by carne asada tacos.” What a great example she sets to the world! Congratulations to Lupita!