First feature film - "12 Years a Slave"
wrote, directed, produced documentary "In My Genes"
Film debut in short "East River"
starred in Kenyan TV series, "Shuga"
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