Nyong’o Honors Her Mother For Fueling Her Passion For Art


Lupita Nyong’oand her mother received awards from the Harlem School of Arts and the actress entered the stage to receive her award with Beyonce’s anthemic hit Brown Skin Girl.

Their award was handed over to them by renowned comedian Trevor Noah who is over the moon after he was picked to present Lupita and her mum, Dorothy, with the coveted international award.

The Oscar award-winning actress and her mother were feted by Harlem School of the Arts for their role in creating cancer awareness across the globe.

While receiving her award, Lupita appreciated her mum for supporting her acting career since she was a child as she receives her award. She said: “I was thinking about [the Harlem School of Arts] and what it does for children and its students [and] I didn’t have an institution where I’m in from in Nairobi, Kenya. And so the only way my interest in the arts thrived was because I had parents who valued those interests. And my mother, in particular, she really nurtured my artistic spirit.”

In an Instagram post, a star-struck Trevor said it was an honour for him to be the one to present the mother-daughter duo with the HSA award. Without masking his joy, the South African born TV host said he views himself as the actress’ best friend and that is not something anyone can take away from him.

The Visionary Lineage Award was presented to the two humanitarians on Monday, October 21, during a highly packed, star-studded event.

The Twelve Years a Slave star’s father Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o said the win would announce to the world that Kenya is a cradle of history makers.

The Kisumu governor said Lupita’s win which followed legendary marathoner Eliud Kipchoge’s homecoming was a step in the right direction for the country.

“This award, coming just days after the back from the moon, jaw-dropping No Human is Limited Ineos achievement by the history-making Eliud Kipchoge, underscores Kenya’s position as the home of history makers in Africa in the fields of performing arts and sports,” said Nyong’o.


Lupita’s mum is currently the managing trustee of the Africa Cancer Foundation and director of the 7th Sense Communication Limited. She has participated and organised several conferences around the world to sensitize people on ways to overcome cancer menace.

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