lupita nyong'o *She may have an Oscar and plenty of love and support, but Lupita Nyong’o is not immune to the occasional hater or two.

The entertainer, who won the best supporting actress award for her work on “12 Years a Slave,” has been at the center of scrutiny and debate since the Oscar aired on Sunday. As a result, Nyong’o jokingly decided to create her own race.

According to the folks at, the actress declared herself a “Mexi-Kenyan” during a recent press conference in light of being born in Mexico and raised in Kenya.

Simple enough, ha?

“Yes, I was born in Mexico, but I moved to Kenya where my family is from before I turned one,” Nyong’o shared. “I grew up in Kenya, but my parents sent me back to Mexico to learn Spanish when I was 16. So, I did spend some time in Mexico in my adolescence. Then, I came to study in the U.S. So, of course, I have a special place for Mexico in my heart. It’s my birthplace.”

For more of Lupita Nyong’o’s press conference, check out the video below: