It was an African affair in New York as South African comedian Trevor Noah presented an award to Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o and her mother Dorothy on Monday.
The Daily Show host presented the two women with Harlem School of the Arts’ Visionary Lineage Award.
The award honours black individuals who represent “excellence in the arts and education communities” according to the Network Journal, a US-based quarterly business magazine for black professionals.
Nyong’o, best known for her roles in Hollywood films Black Panther, The Force Awakens and 12 Years a Slave – for which she won an Oscar – thanked her parents for “nurturing” her “artistic spirit”, according to Gulfnews.
“I was thinking about [the Harlem School of Arts] and what it does for children and its students [and] I didn’t have an institution where I’m in from in Nairobi, Kenya. And so the only way my interest in the arts thrived was because I had parents who valued those interests,” the news site quotes her as saying.
On Tuesday, Trevor Noah posted a photo of himself, Nyong’o and her mother on his Twitter page:
Last night it was truly an honour to present the HSA Visionary Lineage Award to Dorothy and Lupita
Nyong’o. And I’m not saying I’m @Lupita_Nyongo’s best friend in the whole world but they didn’t pick anyone else to hand over the awards so….😋 pic.twitter.com/LBhQrAVlKV
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 22, 2019