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Cynthia Erivo becomes first Nigerian Woman to be nominated for Oscars

By Nkem Egenuka on 27 Jan, 2020

British-Nigerian actress, songwriter and singer Cyinthia Erivo has been nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for her performance in Harriet and ‘Best Original Song’ in the 2020 Oscars. She is the first Nigerian to be nominated for the Oscars.

In the movie Harriet, she played Harriet Tubman, a slave abolitionist, an iconic political activist and a freedom fighter.

Both nominations make Erivo  the second woman to be nominated for ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Original Song’ for the same movie; the first being Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born.

Erivo has also been nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild for her role as Harriet Tubman

In 2017, Cyinthia Erivo’s Broadway debut as Celine in The Colour Purple earned her a Tony, for the ‘Best Leading Actress in a Musical’.  It also won her a Grammy for the ‘Best Musical Theatre Album’ and an Emmy award for the ‘Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program’.

She would become the second black woman to win the ‘Best Actress’ category of the Oscars, if she wins.

Erivo would also become the youngest person to win an EGOT— an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and a Tony; if she wins just the ‘Best Original Song’ category.


About Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Onyedinmanasu Chinasaokwu Erivo is an English actress, singer, and songwriter. She was born in January 8th, 1987; to Nigerian parents in Stockwell, South London. She attended La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School and began her music psychology degree at the University of East London and later applied to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.






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