Black African women in entertainment outside the continent are achieving marvellous things. What excites us the most is they are doing so by changing the narratives, bending the rules and drawing the world’s eye unto Africa.

One of such African women setting new marks in British television establishment is the award-winning actress, screenwriter, poet and playwright, Michaela Coel – born to Ghanaian parents and raised in the United Kingdom.

She becomes the first black woman in history, the fifth woman and the youngest at the age of 30 to be selected to give the MacTaggart lecture at Edinburgh International TV Festival from August 22 to 24, 2018. The platform offers each chosen speaker the chance to tackle issues in the creative act space to inspire the next generation. Past speakers include; Dennis Potter, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Janet Street-Porter, John Schlesinger, Marcel Ophuls, Elisabeth Murdoch, Armando Iannucci, and Jon Snow.

Her determination in the phase of rejection from the many auditions she attended led her to create and produce her comedy skirt called ‘Chewing Gum’. The skirt shot her to fame and she has since been cast in films like Black Mirror and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  She is becoming a household name in the United Kingdom both on and off screen.

Image Source: Deadline // Complex

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