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Cynthia Erivo Scores Two Oscar Nominations

The British-Nigerian actress is the only person of color to receive a nomination for acting this year and moves one step closer to receiving the coveted EGOT.

The wait is finally over as the 2020 Oscars nominations have just been released.

Cynthia Erivo has landed an impressive two nominations and is the only person of color to receive a nomination for acting at this year's Oscars. The first nomination, in the category of "Best Lead Actress", is for her stellar performance in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet with the second nomination, in the category of "Best Original Song", for "Stand Up"—the soundtrack to Harriet.


Erivo's Oscar nominations come not long after she cancelled her scheduled performance at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards following the controversial all-White nominations list.

While on the issue of a glaring lack of diversity at prominent awards shows, the actress may now become the second Black actress to win an Oscar for a lead role since Halle Berry's historic 2001 win and the 11th Black actress to be nominated in the same category in the Oscars' entire 92-year history, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Additionally, Erivo now moves one step closer to becoming the youngest individual to receive the coveted Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT). Should Erivo bring home the Oscar, she would also become the first to do it within just four years—yet another historic moment.

Speaking at the 2020 Critics Choice Award, the actress described what winning an Oscar would mean to her saying, "I don't even know if I have the words. It would mean the world. It really would." She went on to add that, "It's insane and weird and crazy, and also to be even thought of in that way. I like the idea of being a 'breakout' at this point in my career because it means that I can really keep going."

The glitzy Oscars' ceremony will broadcast live from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on February 9th. You can read the full Oscars nominations list here.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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