Nigerian actress, “Uzo” formally known as Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba born February 10, 1981 and a daughter to Nigerian, Igbo parents.
A classical voice graduate from Boston University and got her first recognition for her acting in 2003, in her Translations of Xhosa play at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts which earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.
Her role as Suzanne Warren in comedy series “Crazy Eyes” saw Uzo winning Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in comedy series in 2014 and was followed by another 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in Comedy Series making her one of only two actors to win an Emmy in the same category.
The actress is now gearing up for a major role, as she’s set to play the politician, author and first black woman to be elected to US Congress, Shirley Chisholm, in an upcoming limited series #”Mrs America” from FX, Shadow and Actreports.
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The series will also star Australian acting giant, Cate Blanchett and will be focusing on several American female figures and their fight their battle for Equal Rights Amendment, proposing that civil rights not be determined on the basis of sex.
Other actors include Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Ari Graynor as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau, Melanie Lynskey, who will play Rosemary Thomson, James Marsden as Phil Carne, Sarah Paulson as the fictional character Alice, and several other recognizable actors.
“Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett. Through the eyes of the women of that era – both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus – the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted our political landscape”.
Uzo also was OkayAfrica’s 2018 top 100 women leaders in Africa (https://www.okayafrica.com/100-women-uzo-aduba/ and in an exclusive interview she gave an insight about her upcoming role,
“Whatever I think is hard is nowhere near what hard is. First solid lesson,” she said. “Anything that I considered to be difficult, I don’t have to reach that far back into my history and to my community stories to know what hard really looked like”.
By Ziyanda Yono