wrote, directed, produced documentary "In My Genes"
Born in Mexico as father was a visiting lecturer in political science in Mexico City
Father elected to Kenyan Senate (reprenting represent Kisumu County)
Cousin Isis Nyong'o named one of Africa's most powerful women (Forbes magazine)
"I grew up watching foreign programs – American, English, Mexican, and very little Kenyan. 'The Color Purple' was the first time I saw people who looked like me," from Yahoo Movies Nov. 1/2013
"My dad was the first person I called when I got this role and I said to him, 'Daddy do you know Brad Pitt? I'm going to be in a movie with him. And he said, 'I don't know him personally, but I'm glad you got a job.' So am I, so am I!" from Screen Actors Guild Awards acceptance speech