Lupita Nyong'o shares challenges of being a radical politician's kid

I am the daughter of a radical political activist, my father fought for democracy in Kenya -Lupita

Lupita Nyong'o
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Growing up as a politician's kid appears rosy, even enviable to those on the outside but it does have its tolls as Blank Panther star Lupita Amondi Nyong'o narrates.

The multi-award winning Kenya-Mexican actress whose father is the current Kisumu Governor, recently opened up on challenges of growing up in a political homestead. 

I am the daughter of a radical political activist, my father fought for democracy in Kenya. He risked his life a number of times and in so doing, obviously, we as a family found ourselves in very gnarly situations.” the 41-year-old US based actress said during the interview.

According to Lupita, she often times feared for her safety and that of her family members due to the nature of her dad's career choice which she felt might bring harm to him.

There were moments growing up when I was really worried for my father’s life. And so because his life was in danger, my life was in danger,” she added.

Lupita's dad, Peter Anyang' Nyong'o started off as a professor at the University of Nairobi, where he taught courses in political science and acted as a visiting professor in other institutions.

He then transitioned into a career in politics in the early 2000s, serving as the Minister for Medical Services in the government of Kenya and Minister for Planning and National Development. 

Finishing up, she gave her parents their flowers highlighting that in as much as her dad fought for the political spheres he believed in, he ensured his family was kept safe. 

My parents worked really hard to protect us as much as possible,” the actress candidly said. 

In a 2022 interview with The Talks while speaking about her folks the thespian said, “My parents raised us with the conditioning that we could do whatever we put our minds to. They did not limit us by gender or age necessarily,”

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