Hollywood Actress, Uzo Aduba reveals why she refused to change her Nigerian name
Uzo Aduba has been doing press rounds for season 5 of Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black” which she stars in and today she had a chat with Sway on his radio show.
During the interview, Uzo spoke about why she refused to change her Nigerian name after moving from Nigeria to America and we totally agree with her.
She recalls that as a child she was teased about her Nigerian name Uzoamaka (meaning “the road is good“), therefore asked her mother to call her Zoe. Her mother’s response: “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Dostoyevsky, then they can learn to say Uzoamaka.” As Uzo grew older she learned to wear her name with the upmost pride.
Uzo Aduba also breaks down what it was like to grow up in a traditional Nigerian household, alongside a powerful and selfless mother. She said, “This is a woman that has poured everything into her children and still does – she’s my hero.”
Born February 10, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015. She is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award recognition in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role, the other being Ed Asner for the character Lou Grant.
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