Yvonne Orji is definitely one woman to crush on. The 36-year old Nigerian-American actress and comedian is known for her vibrant personality and contagious energy.
Yvonne is best known for her role as Molly Carter in the HBO series Insecure and recently earned an Emmy nomination for that role. You go girl!
Here are five reasons why she’s our Woman of the Month.
She has a podcast
It’ll be such exciting news for podcast lovers when they find out that Yvonne has a podcast with Nigerian-American Bestselling Author, Luvvie Ajayi, called Jesus and Jollof.
The name comes from their mutual love for Jesus, and the popular Nigerian meal “Jollof rice”
In the podcast the two proudly Nigerian women (who have no behavior) talk about the things they love, their stories, and life in general.
Jesus and Jollof are basically two things you can’t do without, so why not?
It is so beautiful to see a super woman who loves Jesus, too.
Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!
In this clever stand-up , Yvonne brings down the Howard Theatre.
She takes an intimate and hilarious look at what being Nigerian-American means to her, discussing her journey from being pre-med to an actress and comedian.
We love how she embraces her Nigerian-American heritage and is building her brand around her identity.
She’s determined and brave
Yvonne started comedy in grad school getting her first laugh at a beauty pageant. Bent on pursuing a career in comedy she later moved to New York, which she openly talks about in her HBO special Momma, I Made It!
In an interview with Fast Company, she says, ‘When I told them (my parents) that I was moving to New York to do comedy? “A-heh? Abomination! A-BOM-IN-A-TION!” It was so unpredictable and uncertain in terms of what my future would look like’
She dropped it all, choosing to opt out from the safe route to build a career in Public Health to truly chase her dreams!
She is passionate about telling African stories
“I would love to tell stories that are poignant from the continent, not just Nigeria. Even in the special, I made it a point to wear clothing from African designers and creatives. It was a very strategic choice. We have great designers as well. We have young entrepreneurs. I know the power we have as creatives. Some people are meant to be bridges. Because I’m equally Nigerian as I am American, I’m able to see content in a different light. And I’m also Christian. I also want to tell wholesome, feel good stories. I want to tell stories that really inspire, but also educate without being on the nose.” – Yvonne Orji
She’s goal oriented
This goal-oriented entertainer has two movies underway. The first is sci-fi fantasy Spontaneous and the second a comedy Vacation Friends.
In addition she is about to add Author to her list of titles with the release of her first book, Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams in February 2021
We are inspired by all her wins and we are seriously rooting for her! We know there’s more to come from this shining star!
Sources: Fast Company, HBO