Uzo Aduba | Nigerian-American is sole African winner at 2020 Emmys

By Ebimo Amungo

Nigerian-American Uzo Aduba was awarded her third career Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a limited series for her role in the FX miniseries Mrs. America. She was the only African to win an award after six actors with African heritage had been nominated for the 2020 Emmys Award

Three actors of Nigerian descent, Yvonne Orji from “Insecure”, Uzo Aduba from “Mrs. America” and Jovan Adepo from “Watchmen” were on the nominated for Emmys 2020.


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The biggest disappointment was suffered by Senegalese-American Issa Rae, who along with Yvonne Orji had been nominated for their outstanding performance in the HBO comedy Insecure. The HBO series created by and starring Rae, but it was shut out of the awards.



Egyptian Ramy Yousouf who was nominated for his role his role as Ramy Hassan on the Hulu comedy series Ramy was another big loser even though he was a favorite to win having received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2020.

He posted a video of a man in a hazmat suit outside his house holding an Emmy and waving goodbye as he walked away with it.

“When you lose the Emmy,” he hilariously wrote.

South African born Trevor Noah was another loser after after he was nominated for his role in the “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”. The show had garnered a total of six nominations going into the night.

“You are all exceptional,” Aduba praised her fellow nominees while accepting the award donned in a t-shirt with the name Breonna Taylor, the young EMT who was murdered by officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Being recognized for her performance as historical figure Shirley Chisholm, Aduba paid homage the politician and first black candidate to receive a Presidential nomination from a major party,” for her championship work for all people who have been forgotten and marginalized, who she represented.”

Aduba had won two previous two Emmy awards for her role on the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black where she won an award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2014), and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2015), becoming one of only two performers to pick up an Emmy in both categories for the same role.

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