Her exotic beauty and heart-wrenching portrayal of tormented slave Patsey in 12 Years a Slave catapulted her into stardom. But five years ago, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o starred in Shuga, a sexually-charged MTV Base Africa soap opera in which she juggled two men.

In the three-part first season, the 31-year-old actress played ambitious go-getter Ayira, who sleeps with her boss at Maverick Advertising.

Shuga turned out to be a hit – airing in 40 different African countries before eventually airing internationally on 70 TV stations.