Shuga: Love, Sex, Money | Season 2 | Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Ayira

Meet Ayira You may remember Ayira was the beautiful, confident and vivacious college student with a taste for the high life in the first series of Shuga… ...

Cast Biography

Meet Ayira

You may remember Ayira was the beautiful, confident and vivacious college student with a taste for the high life in the first series of Shuga… Well she is back in Shuga: Love, Sex, Money, still best friends with Vio but is no longer living in Nairobi…

Meet the Actress who plays Ayira

Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated partly in the United States of America. She is currently an MFA candidate of Yale University's School of Drama's Acting program, in New Haven, CT, USA. Her stage credits at the School include Uncle Vanya, The Taming of the Shrew, friendship of her thighs and elijah.

Lupita's film and TV credits include playing the lead in the first series of Shuga as Ayira. This year Lupita returns as both actor and co-director alongside acclaimed South African director, Teboho Mahlatsi. She has also worked on the production teams of critically acclaimed films including The Constant Gardener (2005) directed by Fernando Mereilles and The Namesake (2006) directed by Mira Nair.

After graduating from Film & African Studies at Hampshire College,Massachusetts – Lupita made her debut feature-length film in 2007 creating, producing, directing and editing In My Genes a documentary that addresses the personal and societal challenges that people with albinism face as members of one of the most hyper-visible and misunderstood minority groups of Kenya's predominantly black society through the experiences of eight individuals from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.