Back in 2008, before Lupita Nyong’o attended the Yale School of Drama, she starred in “Shuga.” Shuga was a Viacom production aired on MTV Kenya. Check out the first full episode of Shuga set in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi.
Nyong’o plays Ayira, a waitress hustling to rise up the social ladder — and we do mean hustling. The series was part of MTV Kenya’s Staying Alive Ignite! initiative, a series of shows and announcements that tried to take sex in the age of the African AIDS crisis seriously. Here, Nyong’o’s character flirts with whomever she wants, whenever she wants, using her brains and beauty to create a better life for herself. The character verges on unsympathetic, which is thrilling to watch