Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Ngong’o and Selema Seleka. Images via Instagram @lupitanyongo

‘Just clicked’: Lupita confirms she’s dating Hugh Masekela’s son

‘Black Panther: Wakanda’ actress Lupita Nyong’o confirmed on Instagram that she’s dating Selema Masekela, son of jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Ngong’o and Selema Seleka. Images via Instagram @lupitanyongo

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, who’s popularly known for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda revealed on Instagram that she is dating late jazz legend Hugh Masekela’s son Selema Masekela.  


The Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o who is usually private about her love life posted an Instagram reel with Hugh Masekela’s son Selema Masekela. The Black Panther: Wakanda star revealed that she and her boyfriend just click.  

Revealing their relationship in an Instagram reel, the actress captioned her video: “We just click! #thisismylove #nuffsaid.”  

Selema, who is one of late jazz legend Hugh Masekela’s sons also confirmed their relationship on his Instagram account: “Hearts are synched. My whole and actual love @lupitanyongo.”  

The Citizen reveals that the 51-year-old was born and raised in Los Angeles and his mother is Haitian.   

Selema’s father Hugh Masekela passed away in January 2018 after losing a battle with prostate cancer. He was first diagnosed in 2008.  

The sports personality was once a popular figure in the skateboarding world as he reported and presented ESPN’s X Games and Winter X Games for 13 years.  

He was also an NBA sideline reporter for ESPN during the 2003-2004 season and a lifestyle reporter for E! Entertainment.   

“He is on an advisory board of The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto, and The Skatepark Project. “  

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Lupita is well known for her roles in the Black Panther franchise and 12 Years of Slave with her performance receiving an Oscar. Selema is well-known in his own right.  

Currently, Black Panther has made nearly $600 million globally and on the African continent, it was a huge success as well.  

According to Disney Africa, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever roared into cinemas across the continent this past weekend (11-13 November, including previews) and, in doing so, lit up the box office.  

“Across all territories, the follow up to Ryan Coogler’s 2018 hit Black Panther proved a draw for cinema-going audiences with just under 300 000 attendances being reported,” wrote Disney Africa in a statement.  

The Kenyan-Mexican actress told The Hollywood Reporter in October that she didn’t “have the patience” to even consider T’Challa (the character played by the late Chadwick Boseman) recast a possibility.  

“That is not the death of the Black Panther, that’s the whole point,” she said.  

She added that she was on Marvel’s side when they decided against the idea of recasting the late Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther following his untimely death from colon cancer in August 2020.  

“I know that there are all sorts of reasons why people want him to be recast, but I don’t have the patience. I don’t have the presence of mind, or I don’t have the objectivity to argue with that. I don’t. I’m very biased.” 

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