Kenyan actress wins big at 86th Academy Awards

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has won her first Oscar as best supporting actress.

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has won her first Oscar as best supporting actress. 

Nyong’o won the Oscar from her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, her first film-acting role.  The film, directed by Steve McQueen, was based on the real-life memoir of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery.

In her acceptance speech last night, she thanked her co-stars and director saying: “Thank you for putting me in this position; it has been the joy of my life…” 

Her speech concluded with a message to young children everywhere: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Nyong’o is one of the five black women ever to win an Oscar award as Best Supporting Actress.

 

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