Uzo Aduba is always proud of her root; Nigerian.  In a new Essence Magazine podcast titled ‘Hey, Girl!’, she opened up about her family, her career and her heritage.

Uzo Aduba is always proud of her root; Nigerian.  In a new Essence Magazine podcast titled ‘Hey, Girl!’, she opened up about her family, her career and her heritage.

Uzo Aduba is always proud of her root; Nigerian.  In a new Essence Magazine podcast titled ‘Hey, Girl!’, she opened up about her family, her career and her heritage.

Uzoamaka whose name means the road is good said that she got her name because her mum battled polio, had been through Biafran civil war, had unexpectedly lost her first husband, had two kids and came back to the United states and met her father and they had her.

She said “And the meaning – Uzoamaka – means the journey was worth it – the sense of it, out of the ‘road was good’,” she added why there are so many voices coming out of Nigeria like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Wizkid and many others, “Naija nor dey carry last [which] means we finish first. We do our very best to lead.

“We are very proud people, I can say that- proud of where we are from, proud of our families, proud of our lineage- very much card-carrying Nigerians you’ll never meet hiding in the shadows. We like to make ourselves known,” she continued, adding, “And I think that is an authority that comes from our parents.

“I must say without exception that my parents were strong advocates of that. They hounded us to be our best in whatever it was that we were doing. Not necessarily to be perfect, but to be our very best and to try our very best,” she said.

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