Young Rich: Lupita Nyong’o Net Worth


Lupita Nyong’o is a renowned American-based Kenyan actress who has captured the hearts of many with her dynamic performances on screen.

She first gained international recognition for her stunning portrayal of Patsey in the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

However, beyond her impressive acting skills, many people are also curious about Lupita’s net worth.

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In this article, WoK takes a closer look at her career and estimate her net worth.

Lupita Nyong’o net worth

Recently, That Sister, an America publication dedicated to positive stories about black Americans conducted research on the top black female entertainers and their net worth.

Lupita is among women in the entertainment industry who made it to the list with an estimated net worth of Ksh 1.329 billion.

She was ranked above other notable acts in the industry including late musicians Aaliyah and Whitney Houston.

“It has often been difficult for African American women to gain mainstream roles due to a perceived disinterest for global audiences

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“However, it is now becoming easier due to success stories like Marvel’s Black Panther,” That Sister spokesperson said.

Lupita Nyong’o films

Here are some of the most popular movies that Lupita has been involved in.

12 Years a Slave (2013) – In her breakout role, Nyong’o played the character of Patsey, a slave who is subjected to brutal treatment by her owner.

Black Panther (2018) – Nyong’o played Nakia, a member of the Dora Milaje and love interest of T’Challa, in this superhero blockbuster.

Us (2019) – In this horror film directed by Jordan Peele, Nyong’o plays the dual role of Adelaide and her doppelganger, Red.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – Nyong’o plays the character of Maz Kanata, a small, wise alien who helps the heroes of the Resistance.

Queen of Katwe (2016) – In this biographical drama film, Nyong’o plays the role of Harriet, the mother of a young Ugandan girl who becomes a chess prodigy.

Non-Stop (2014) – Nyong’o plays the character of Gwen, a flight attendant, in this action thriller starring Liam Neeson.

Little Monsters (2019) – Nyong’o plays Miss Caroline, a kindergarten teacher, in this horror comedy film.

The Jungle Book (2016) – In this live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated movie, Nyong’o provides the voice of Raksha, a mother wolf who adopts the human child Mowgli.

Lupita Nyong’o’s boyfriend

Lupita introduced Selema Masekela, a television host, sports commentator and musician, as her boyfriend in December 2022.

He is best known for his work as a commentator for ESPN’s X Games, where he covered a wide range of extreme sports including snowboarding, skateboarding, and motocross.

He has also hosted several other television shows, including The Daily 10 on E! Entertainment Television, The World Series of Video Games on CBS, and The Moto Show with Selema Masekela on Fuel TV.

He left ESPN to work for NBC and NBC Sports Network.

He was a feature reporter for Olympic Zone, during NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Masekela is also an accomplished musician having founded Alekesam band which combines elements of jazz, soul, and hip-hop.

He has also collaborated with a number of other artists, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ozomatli.

In South Africa, he co-founded Mami Wata, which is a surf shop that designs and manufactures quality apparel,  surfboards and accessories. 

Lupita Nyong’o’s parents

Lupita’s parents are Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and Dorothy Nyong’o.

Dorothy is the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and an owner of a communications firm.

On the other hand, Lupita’s father is a Kenyan politician currently serving as the governor of Kisumu County.

He finished his undergraduate studies at Makerere University in Uganda, where he received a first-class honors degree in political science.

In 1969/70, he was the Guild President of Makerere.

Following that, he pursued graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he earned an MA and a PhD in political science in 1977.

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