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Meet The 5 African Actresses Who Are Redefining American Television  

There are numerous remarkable and interestingly gifted performing artists of African plummet who are a power to be figured with in Hollywood. We pick five among the best actresses who have highlighted in award-winning films and stowed individual honors. They’ll most likely stand out forever as a feature of the best to ever do it.

Below are the top five African actresses and their stories in no particular order.

Uzo Aduba 

Uzo Aduba — Photo Credit: Adam Krause/Redux

Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Nigerian parents, Uzo Aduba shot into the limelight for her role as “Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren in “Orange is the new black”, a Netflix comedy series which grabbed her several accolades including two Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2014 and 2015. She also wrote her name in the history books by becoming one of only two actors to win an Emmy in both comedy and drama categories for the same role. Uzo Aduba has starred in other film and television shows including Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, My Little Pony: The Movie, Saturday Night Live, Hell’s Kitchen, among others.

Issa Rae

Issa Rae

Besides acting, Issa Rae is also a web series creator, writer, director, and producer. She is best known for her popular award-winning YouTube series, “Awkward Black Girl”. Rae also made history last year by becoming the first black woman to create and star in her own premium cable series, “Insecure” with HBO. Her father is an American based Senegalese medical practitioner. She stayed in Senegal briefly with her family during her childhood before eventually moving to the United States.

Yvonne Orji


Yvonne Orji — Photo Credit: Emilia Paré

She was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and grew up in Maryland in the United States. Despite graduating with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the George Washington University, Yvonne opted to pursue a career in acting and comedy. She is best known for her role as “Molly” on HBO’s hit comedy series “Insecure”.

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

This highly talented award-winning Zimbabwean-American actress and writer is best known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, an AMC drama series. She is also part of the cast of Marvel Comics’ highly anticipated Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War movies scheduled to be released in 2018.

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe shot into stardom for her role as Claireece “Precious” Jones in her debut movie Precious. She won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and earned best actress nominations for Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for her role. Other films she has starred in include Tower Heist, White Bird in a Blizzard, Grimsby, among others. She is Senegalese-American.



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