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Uzo Aduba Shares Priceless Stories About Her Nigerian Mother On Late Night With Seth Meyers

Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba appeared on Late Night With Seth Myers to share priceless stories about her proud Nigerian mother.


Nominated this week for a SAG Award and a Golden Globe, Nigerian-American actress Uzo Aduba appeared on Late Night With Seth Myers on Thursday to tell more priceless tales about her proud Zumba-loving mother. The Orange Is The New Black star, whose full name is Uzoama, told Seth, "I wanted to be called Zoe. And so I came home one day and I was like, 'Mommy, can you call me Zoe?' And she was cooking and she just stopped and she looked at me and she was like, 'why?' And I said because no one can say Uzoamaka. And without skipping a beat she was like, 'If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky, and Dostoevsky, and Michelangelo, then they can learn to say Uzoamaka.' And she went right back to cooking and did not stop."

The Late Night stop isn't of course the first time we've heard Aduba talk about her mom, who she insist is her number one fan. After winning the Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" (the first black woman to do so since the category was created in 1989) for her role as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on OITNB, Aduba spoke candidly about the significance of her mother’s presence during the historic moment. "It means everything to me," she said. "We’re talking about a woman who survived polio, a woman who survived civil war and genocide and sacrificed so much to come to the United States for her five children to have a chance... My mom named me Uzoamaka which means ‘the road is good’ because the road indeed was a good one despite its challenges for her.” Watch Aduba share stories about the time she interrupted her mom's Zumba class with news of her Golden Globe nomination, meeting President Obama together and more in the clips below.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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