Before She Was An Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o Was In A Raunchy Kenyan Soap

Who knew?

1. Long before she was a flawless Academy Award winner, Lupita was a soap star.

2. On Kenyan MTV show Shuga, playing Ayira.

Shuga / MTV / Via shuga.tv

3. And it was pretty raunchy.

Shuga / MTV / Via shuga.tv

4. She fooled around with two men in the soap after sleeping with her boss to try and get ahead.

Shuga / MTV / Via shuga.tv

And the show was used to raise awareness of HIV and Aids when her character feared she had contracted the disease.

5. Well, well, well.

Shuga / MTV / Via shuga.tv

6. The soap was actually a hit and was broadcast across 40 African countries.

Shuga / MTV / Via shuga.tv

7. And now she’s the Oscar winner we know today.

Shuga / MTV

 

8. Watch the trailer for Shuga below.

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Kimberley Dadds is the UK celebrity editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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