Uzoamaka Aduba, Nigerian-born Hollywood actress clinches Emmy Awards

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Uzoamaka Aduba, Nigerian-born Hollywood actress clinches Emmy Awards

’Ronke Sanya writes on how Uzoamaka Aduba, a Hollywood actress of Igbo origin, clinched the Outstanding Guest Actress award at Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States.

It’s like you’re walking and you’re aware that you’re walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you’re fairly certain you should still be sitting on your seat. You’re like, maybe I’m embarrassing myself, maybe they didn’t call my name, maybe somebody else’s name. I don’t know what’s happening.”

That was from the speech of Nigerian-born Hollywood actress, Uzoamaka Nwaneka Aduba, when her name was announced winner, by the presenter at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Hollywood actor, Morgan Freeman, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, for her role in Orange Is The New Black Television series.

She picked up the award due to her astonishing prowess in the comedy show series, thereby winning the, Outstanding Guest Actress.

Aduba in her address said: “I’m stuffed. I’m beyond full. My cup runneth over right now. I feel absolutely all of those things: I feel full of joy, like a fountain. Mission accomplished.”

The 33-year-old actress, at the event, which was held early August, beat five other women to clinch the award, including co-stars, Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne.

Accepting the golden trophy, Aduba said: “I’m speechless, I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show.”

Aduba’s depiction of the character, Crazy Eyes, has been one of the most applauded on the show, attesting that the role is more fitting for her, though not the one she originally auditioned for.

Aduba’s recognition as an actress started in 2003 for Translations of Xhosa at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, winning her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a play.

She made a Broadway debut in 2007 as Toby in Corum Boy. She was also a member of the original revival cast of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre from 2011 through 2012, among other acting roles, prior to her part as Crazy Eyes in Orange Is The New Black television series in 2013 and Blue Bloods in 2012.

Aduba’s admission on being captivated by Freeman, who presented the award to her, at the event, shows how much of a humble person she has remained, after being in the acting industry for over a decade.

Orange Is the New Black has earned nominations in nine award categories of the prestigious Emmy Awards.

While speaking about how her family felt about the award, she said, “We all kind of had a dance party, my mom was dancing across the hotel room, just getting excited.”

“I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out,” said a teary-eyed Aduba from the podium after the presenter handed the her the award.

On the meaning of her name, she said: “My full name is Uzoamaka Nwaneka Aduba. It is Igbo, and my first name is actually a sentence meaning ‘the road is good’ Uzo a maka. Igbo names have meaning and are done with purpose and intention for their children. My parents named me Uzoamaka because despite any trial in whatever stage of their lives, “the road is good’’ because it caused them to eventually meet, marry and have me. I now apply that to life. No matter what the journey might bring, no matter how hard the journey, I know Uzo a maka.”


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