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YVONNE ORJI

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Yvonne Orji is a 32-year-old Nigerian-American actress best known for her role as Molly in the hit HBO series, Insecure.




Like any good African girl, her parents pushed her towards a more traditional career trajectory. They wanted her to be a lawyer or doctor, but Orji had a knack for making people laugh and instead aspired to be a comedian. She fell in love with comedy when, for the talent portion of Miss Nigeria in America, she made a five minute set about her experiences as an African growing up in America. This is a topic she documented in her sitcom pilot, First Gen. After graduating from George Washington University with a Masters’ in public health, she moved to New York City to pursue her career in the arts.



The West African actress nabbed a nomination at the 2017 Image Awards for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series," and featured in a Proctor & Gamble ad, My Black is Beautiful, that went viral on social media.



Ironically, Orji’s promiscuous character Molly is the antithesis of the actor in real life. Orji is vocal about being a devout Christian and virgin. Her faith, fierce style and 1,000-watt smile are factors in her growing fame.



—MB

We speak with Yvonne Orji where she chats with us on the challenges of being a female comedian, her Nigerian background and more in the video below:



News Brief
Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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