Written by Ogunbiyi Ayobami Lolade
Yvonne Orji is probably one of those celebrities you see on TV and excitedly tap whoever is beside you saying, “na our girl be that.” Nigerian-born Hollywood actress and comedian, Yvonne Anuli Orji is one of many remarkable African talents making waves in the American entertainment industry.
Yvonne, who moved to the United States with her family when she was six years old, is popularly known for her role as Molly in the 2016 HBO series ‘Insecure’.
Yvonne Orji with Issa Rae in “Insecure.” Courtesy of HBO
Her original intention was to have a career in the medical field but she surprisingly took a detour into comedy which eventually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She bagged a master’s degree in public health at George Washington University. Surprisingly, Yvonne is an African talent who embraces her roots. Drawing inspiration from her roots, Yvonne’s new HBO stand-up special, Momma, I Made It!, highlights the experience of growing up in a Nigerian family.
A remarkable thing about Yvonne is the way she uses her platform to address the misconceptions about her motherland. Speaking about her decision to tell a Nigerian story, Yvonne explained that, contrary to the international misrepresentation of Nigeria as a country of cybercriminals and con artists, there’s more to the country than negative news. Nigeria is blessed with innovative, resilient, and business-savvy individuals who are solving global problems and changing the world positively in their respective fields.
In a recent interview with D. Watkins, Yvonne disclosed that she will embark on a tour for her new book, “Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams.” I’m sure that so many people, both in Africa and beyond, are looking forward to what this Naija girl has in store.