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Uzo Aduba wins Emmy for Mrs America

Nigerian-American Uzo Aduba has won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series for her role in Mrs America, the miniseries that originally aired on US pay network FX.

Uzo Aduba

The nine-part historical drama centres on the political movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970s America. Aduba plays real-life politician Shirley Chisholm, who battled against discrimination on the grounds of both sex and race.

Accepting her award, Aduba paid homage to Chisholm, who became the first black candidate to receive a presidential nomination from a major party in 1968.

“I want to say thank you for Shirley Chisholm for her championship work for all the people who have been forgotten and marginalised who she represented. Winning means a lot, particularly for the character that I was able to play. It feels especially touching to bring her story to light, and the stories of those who have not been heard,” Aduba said.

Aduba is also known for starring in Netflix prison series Orange is the New Black, for which won an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series in 2014, an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series in 2015 and two Screen Actors Guild awards for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series in 2014 and 2015.

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Matesun celebrates double Emmy win

Biola Matesun, a Nigerian videographer and creative director at Dallas-based MalekFoto Films, is celebrating after winning two Emmys.

Biola Matesun

His documentary Inner Conflict won the category for editing and cinematography at the awards ceremony, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Matesun said: “God is good, that’s the grace of God. After the best you can do, the grace takes it from there. Without him, we couldn’t have won. We had a lot of TV stations and major networks competing, and see me – a Lagos boy!”

Matesun took up a photography project exploring HIV, poverty and children in 2014 and in 2016, he began shooting weddings through his company MalekFoto.

“I wanted to win on many levels. I wanted people to know that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. To let young people in business know that it doesn’t cost you anything to dream and if you dream it and work towards that dream or belief, you can attain any height,” Matesun added.

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