Three days ago, at the 2017 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA), British-Nigerian actress, Wunmi Mosaku, took home the award for Best Supporting Actress.
Wunmi won the award for her role in the TV movie, Damilola, Our Loved Boy, the BBC drama retelling the story of the murder of Damilola Taylor (a 10-year-old Nigerian boy living in Peckham, London) and the subsequent trial. Wunmi, who played Gloria, Damilola's mother, dedicated her award to the Taylor family - describing the moment as “bittersweet”.
Born in Zaria, Nigeria before emigrating to Manchester, England, she has appeared in several movies and TV shows most notably Black Mirror and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Winning awards isn't a new feeling for Wunmi: In 2010, she was named one of "The Seven Fresh Faces of Toronto International Film Festival", for I Am Slave, a film she starred in, playing Malia, a girl who had been kidnapped from her village in Sudan, and sold into slavery. She also won Best Actress at the Birmingham Black Film Festival, Best Onscreen performance at the Cultural Diversity Awards and Best Female performance at the Screen Nation Awards for the movie. Basically Wunmi is a BOSS.
Right now, Wunmi is playing an informant, Kenya, on Idris Elba's 1970s black-activist drama Guerrilla. Later this year, she'll be playing a senior police officer, Olivia, in ITV’s legal thriller Fearless.