Proud African Mom Moments From John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba And More

This Mother’s Day, we assemble several of the very best minutes from a few of our preferred superstars as well as their honored African mothers. From discussing durable recommendations to presenting in vogue for the ‘gram, our popular celebrities understand when to provide their beloved mommies their due props.

@BritishMonarchy Made my *Mum very happy today!!

Idris Elba had to have his mother, Eve Elba, on his arm when he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire. The one who most hope will be the next 007 proudly comes from Ghanaian heritage on his mother’s side and Sierra Leonean heritage on his father’s.

With my Mother & Grandma at #MalickSidibe studio for Tombouctou. ❤️????? ✨?

As we were mourning the loss of Malick Sidibé, Inna Modja shares a still from her music video, Tombouctou, featuring her beautiful mother and grandmother. The artists owes her stage name to her mother—which is a nickname meaning, “Inna is bad” in Fulfulde.


Church run with mama #westunting ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

A proud selfie of John Boyega and his mother, Abigail Boyega, as he spends quality time with her. We’re still dying of laughter at his tweet about resuming his plantain frying duties once he arrives home.

Skepta was one proud son when he shared the moment of his mother opening a playground he helped build in his father’s village in Nigeria. Check out his throwback of a rendition of Prince Nico Mbarga’s classic tune, Sweet Mother.

Lupita Nyong’o recently tells USA TODAY, “My mother’s always encouraged me to value people more than anything else.” She also looks to Dorothy Nyong’o as inspiration when she prepared to play Raksha in Disney’s remake of The Jungle Book.

Back when Uzo Aduba won the SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series playing Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange Is The New Black, she shared some valuable advice from her mother in the press room post the award show. Let’s also not forget how her mother instilled the power behind her full name, Uzoamaka, meaning the road is good, in Igbo.


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