Stetson student steals scene at Oscars

Peter Nyong’o captures worldwide attention in selfie with celebs


His sister snagged an Oscar on Sunday for her gripping portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years A Slave,’’ but Peter Nyong’o captured his share of the spotlight when the star-studded selfie he posed in went viral and temporarily crashed Twitter.

Peter Nyong’o, right, beams in the star-studded selfie that crashed Twitter on Sunday night.
Peter Nyong’o, right, beams in the star-studded selfie that crashed Twitter on Sunday night.

Peter, a 20-year-old freshman at the DeLand university, escorted his sister, Lupita, to the Academy Awards. During the ceremony, he jumped in a selfie photo featuring his sister and Hollywood celebs Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Lawrence. In the photo, Peter smiles broadly in front of his sister and Jolie.

The selfie was orchestrated by DeGeneres, who hosted the Academy Awards.

Peter is a first-year student in Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences. He has not declared a major yet although he has shown interest in acting.  Until last year, he was a student at St Andrews, one of East Africa’s elite boarding schools.

On his Facebook page, his profile reveals that he has spent time working at Hebron, a Christian school in Tamil Nadu, India and his interests include a love of the British soccer team Arsenal and a rap group, The Flat 4 -1, that he launched with some friends while at school.

More selfies
Peter also scored selfies at the Academy Awards with Spacey, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Travolta, Pitt and Jolie, Gabrielle Union and Piers Morgan.

Lupita joked to Ellen DeGeneres on Monday that she isn’t surprised her brother’s been so forward with A-listers, saying he “lives life in an exclamation point.”

In her acceptance speech for best supporting actress for “12 Years A Slave,’’ Lupita referred to him as “Junior’’ and called him her best friend.

Peter and Lupita have four other siblings. Their father is Peter Anyang Nyong’o, a member of the Kenyan senate and a former minister for medical services in the government. Mother Dorothy runs a communications consultancy in Nairobi.


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