The movie industry is still dazed by the way Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o came on board with her first major movie, 12 Years A Slave, winning numerous awards and her getting tons of praise for her acting skills.
The audience and fans have also started to realize that Lupita Nyong’o is not a totally new face as she was in the 2009 first series of MTV’s Shuga (now in its third series), a hard-hitting drama following the lives and loves of a group of ambitious college students in Nairobi, Kenya, exploring sexual relationships among urban youth against a backdrop of continuing risk of HIV infection. The series examines the ramifications of sexual decisions on the lives of young people, their partners and loved ones.
“Shuga” portrays a modern city, complete with the vices that go hand in hand with 21st century life. At the center of most of the action is Ayira, played by Lupita Nyong’o. The show follows Ayira, a 22-year old college student whose ambition and hunger for the high life is complicating her relationship with her boyfriend Ty; Ayira’s friend Violet, a party girl whose many sexual exploits is straining her friendships; and Kenneth, Skola and Leo, members of the wealthy, swaggering, fast boy crew on campus.
We love Lupita Nyong’o now, but watching a video clip of an old interview with CNN’s African Voices makes us realize that she is not just a great actress, but also a great person with beliefs and work ethics.
Watch Lupita Nyong’o On African Voices in 2010
Watch the full clip on African Voices with the Cast of Shuga Season 1
Watch an Episode of Shuga Season 1 with Lupita Nyong’o