In case you didn’t know, two Nigerians picked up Grammy Awards at this year’s ceremony. Kevin Olusola and Cynthia Erivo. So, if you are still sad at Wizkid and Kah-Lo not winning any award, this should cheer you up.
Kevin who is a member of acapella group Pentatonix won the award for Best County duo/group with other members of his group.
Cynthia on the other hand won the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album for being among the cast who recorded the musical The Color Purple where she played the role of Celie Harris.
Born to Nigerian immigrants in Stockwell, South London on January 8, 1987, Cynthia initially wanted to study music psychology at the University of East London. However a year into her degree, she applied and subsequently trained at prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Apart from her award winning role at in The Colour Purple, she also starred as Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence in the U.K. tour of Sister Act. She will also star alongside Academy award winner Viola Davis in popular director Steve McQueen’s film Widows to be released later this year.
After that, she will tackle the title role in Harriet, a biographical film about American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Here’s wishing her the very best of luck in her endeavors.
Watch her perform alongside John Legend at the Grammy’s Here: