Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o was unknown to American audiences before her scene-stealing role as slave Patsey in Best Picture Oscar winner “12 Years A Slave.” Now, after winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (the first African actress to do so) and giving an incredibly moving speech, Nyong’o is on her way to becoming a household name. But did you know that before being cast in “12 Years A Slave,” Nyong’o played the lead role on a ground-breaking Kenyan soap opera?
According to MTV News, Nyong’o once starred in an MTV/UNICEF-produced soap called “Shuga.” On the show Nyong’o played Ayira, a “very modern woman who must navigate the waters of dating, love, and sex in Africa and the responsibilities that come with it.” The show was considered revolutionary in Kenya because it was one of the first times a show featured a woman dealing with sex in a responsible way during the AIDS crisis in Africa.
Curious about what a Kenyan soap opera might look like? Below is the first episode of “Shuga,” featuring Lupita Nyong’o.
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This week, your favorite soap actors past and present weigh in on the Golden Globes results and reveal their favorite Best Picture Oscar nominees!
The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today its official selections for its annual AFI Awards, which honors the 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs that it deemed “culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.” In the TV category, AFI is celebrating “The Americans,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “Masters of Sex,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Scandal,” and “Veep.” In film, AFI chose “12 Years a Slave, ” “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” Fruitvale Station,” “Gravity,” “Her,” Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”