From David Oyelowo’s chilling scenes in the Les Misérables miniseries to Carmen Ejogo’s groundbreaking work in the third season of True Detective, these are our eight actors of Nigerian descent who deserve to hear their names called out when the nominations are announced.
The official voting for the nomination round of the 71st Emmy Awards kicked off earlier this week. While the award has recognized some amazing shows and actors; It has also neglected a few.
The voting window is set to close on 24th of June, and about 25,000 voters are eligible to select what they believe make up the very best of TV right now.
Last year has premiered lots of great and amazing shows and even first time appearance. It’s safe to say that it would be quite hard to select the best out of the best deserving a gold statue, but we have compiled a list of actors of Nigerian descent who truly lit up the small screen in the past year.
That said, In no particular order, here’s our list
Insecure (Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
Nigerian-American actress, Yvonne Orji is undoubtedly the show’s most versatile performer; Juggling both the comedic and dramatic beats of the acclaimed HBO series with considerable ease. The show is set to return for a third season.
Les Misérables (Supporting Actor in a Limited Series)
British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo is undoubtedly a sight to watch in his chilling character in the limited series ‘Les Misérables‘ as he makes it comfortable for people to watch a villain in utmost sympathy.
Orange Is The New Black (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)
Orange Is The New Black has one of the strongest ensembles on TV, with Uzo Aduba proving to be a standout. In the show’s sixth season, the Emmy-winning actress gets even more to do, and she proves more than up to the task; Delivering a thorough performance.
The Good Fight (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
The Good Fight, one of American TV pensive series has brought British- Nigerian Cush Jumbo into the limelight as she plays the role of an associate lawyer in a black firm.
True Detective (Supporting Actress in a Limited Series)
The British-Nigerian thespian might have missed out on an Emmy nod for her mercurial lead performance in the sophomore season of The Girlfriend Experience, but we doubt voters will be foolish enough to ignore her layered work in the impressive third season of True Detective.
Snowfall (Lead Actor in a Drama Series)
Even when the first season of FX’s Snowfall lagged due to pacing issues, Damson Idris’ performance remained faultless. So, it came as absolutely no surprise that the British-Nigerian rising star was able to up the ante for the show’s much-improved sophomore outing.
When They See Us (Supporting Actor in a Limited Series)
Although with limited airtime in the Ava DuVernay’s powerful, thought-provoking limited series – ‘When They See Us’ Jovan Adepo still came through in all his scenes, delivering a memorable performance.
The Deuce (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series)
The character development of pimp-turned-pornstar, Larry Brown was one of the most interesting things of the sophomore season of HBO’s The Deuce. All thanks to Gbenga Akinnagbe’s tour-de-force performance.