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Today we want to take a look at multi talented Singer and Actress Uzo Aduba ...Born UZOUAMAKA ADUBA on the 10th of February 1981. She is a descent of Achi, Enugu state, Nigeria and was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
Uzo started off as an athlete in high school and won an athletics scholarship into the college of Fine Arts, Boston University. She then ventured into stage acting and built a career.
Uzo moved to New York in pursuit of her career in acting, taking free roles on stage performances while working as a waiter.
Hard work paid off soon as she got her first award in performing arts, after her performance with the American Repertory Theatre, she was awarded for Outstanding Musical Performance and nominated for Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Translations of Xhosa by Comedy central. With a reputable career in theatre productions she eventually moved to screen acting.
When Uzo auditioned for the Netflix Series, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ she didn’t get the role she set out for, she had a call back from the producers and was asked to take on an entirely different role “Suzanne Warren” also known as crazy eyes.
Orange Is The New Black series is set in a women’s prison, showcasing the Lifestyle and survival of the inmates. Her role as Crazy eyes has been described as a cultural phenomenon and it marked the turning point in her career as an actress. Her role as Crazy Eyes bagged her millions of fans worldwide, and awards including Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, 2014 Emmy for Outstanding guest actress in a comedy and 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting actress in a drama series. With both Emmy awards in comedy and drama genres of the same role, Uzo is recorded alongside Ed Asner as the only actors in history to win any Emmy in both Comedy and Drama for the same role.
“If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, then they can learn to say Uzoamaka”
NB: During her early days in Boston, Uzo had it tough with having to relate her name to her peers and requested a change of name to Zoe, her mother refused her a change of name saying the quote above. And these words made her sustain her traditional name.
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