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Nyong'o is involved in the organization Mother Health International, which is dedicated to providing relief to women and children in Uganda by creating locally engaged birthing centers.

She said she’d never thought much about birthing practices until her sister introduced her to MHI executive director Rachel Zaslow.

Other family members include: Tavia Nyong'o, a scholar and professor at New York University; Dr.

Omondi Nyong'o, a pediatric ophthalmologist in Palo Alto, CA; Kwame Nyong'o, one of Kenya's leading animators and leading technology expert; Isis Nyong'o, a media and technology leader who was named one of Africa's most powerful young women by Forbes magazine.

On February 27, 2014, at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills, she gave a speech on the beauty of black women and talked about the insecurities she had as a teenager.

She said her views changed when she saw South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek become successful.

Nyong'o felt bringing attention to such important but overlooked issues is a mandate for her as an artist.

She was honored for her work at 2016 Variety's Power of Women.

Jones, which she posted on social media sites, asking him to withdraw support for the development proposal.Ian Freer of Empire wrote that she "gives one of the most committed big-screen debuts imaginable," and critic Peter Travers added that she "is a spectacular young actress who imbues Patsey with grit and radiant grace".Nyong'o was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won.She became the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.Nyong'o started her career working as part of the production crew for several films, including Fernando Meirelles's The Constant Gardener (2005), Mira Nair's The Namesake (2006) and Salvatore Stabile's Where God Left His Shoes (2007).

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