Lupita Nyong’o wouldn’t have become an actress without her parents’ support.
The Black Panther star credits her mother for “nurturing her artistic spirit”, as she admits she wouldn’t have made it as an actress without her support as there weren’t facilities in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya, like there is in America.
“My mother, in particular, she really nurtured my artistic spirit.”— Lupita Nyong’o
Speaking at the school’s annual Mask Ball, 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. She drove to rehearsals after a long day at work and waited in the car for five or so hours … and she never complained.”
While her mother, Dorothy Nyong’o, added as they jointly collected the Visionary Lineage Award: “I really didn’t do much. I looked for opportunities to nurture that. My job was really to facilitate it, and I’d like to encourage parents to do it.
“Sometimes we make the mistake of trying to make our children what we think we want. I’m proud of her. She makes me shine.”