By Erin Strecker
Updated March 07, 2014 at 08:34 PM EST

Cheer up, Lupita Nyong’o — at least your embarrassing “before they were famous” video is coming out after you won your Oscar.

Prior to capturing our hearts in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o starred as Ayira in the 2009 raunchy MTV Kenyan soap Shuga. The soap was actually a hit and was broadcast across 40 African countries. In addition to the typical relationship drama one might expect, the show also tried to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. It went on to win a Gold award in May 2010 at the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany, in the Public Relations Health category.

Watch a trailer — which heavily features a young Nyong’o before she became a fashion icon — below: