Actress and ambassador for elephants and Africa

Lupita Nyong’o is an Academy Award-winning Mexican-Kenyan actress and film director. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2014 for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. Additionally, Nyong'o has been featured in the film’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the live-action version of The Jungle Book. In 2015, Nyong'o was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the critically acclaimed Broadway play Eclipsed. As well as working on women’s issues and supporting the arts, Nyong'o has travelled to Kenya with WildAid to advocate for elephant conservation.



The Wild Africa Fund employs mass communications – such as the Music for Wildlife Concerts and Poaching Steals From Us All campaigns – to raise awareness of poaching, habitat loss and human wildlife conflict. It promotes wildlife tourism and carbon offset as sources of conservation and sustainable development funding. It promotes and directly supports local wildlife programs from offices in Cape Town, Lagos, Harare and Kigali and is running the programs previously under WildAid in South Africa, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.