KOKOnista of The Day: Nigeria’s Yvonne Orji Is The Super Talented Igbo Actress Captivating Hollywood

Hollywood actress Yvonne Orji is a woman who is not just super talented but she’s also a joy to watch plus she has an amazing mind.

Melanin beauty, Yvonne Anuli Orji is a Nigerian-American actress. She is best known for her role as Molly in the HBO series Insecure. Yvonne is hilarious, she’s extremely talented and a devout Christian. Read Also: KOKOnista of The Day: Deborah Ayorinde Is The Yoruba Princess Charming Hollywood With Her Talent And Melanin Beauty
Yvonne started her Hollywood career by doing an opening spot on Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour but ever since the Insecure’s first episode in 2016, Yvonne’s popularity has grown steadily among super-fans and critics alike.

Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Yvonne moved to the U.S. with her family at six-years-old, eventually graduating from George Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Yvonne recalled that she “moved to America in 1989. A lot of people don’t know this, but there was a nursing shortage in America, so they heavily recruited nurses from both the Philippines and the continent of Africa. So, my mom got a job working as a nurse at Howard University Hospital. Part of the deal was, like, ‘Hey, I’ve got a family,’ so, they sponsored all of us to move to America. Health”.

Much to her parents’ chagrin, Yvonne followed her love of comedy and acting to New York City and then to Los Angeles, where she met her Insecure co-star and the show’s co-creator, Issa Rae.


Yvonne is a devout christian, she doesn’t drink and she is a virgin, and she is abstaining from sex until marriage. “It’s day by day and it’s by grace,” she said about her sexual status. “I’m a virgin and I’m playing this girl on TV who’s like sexually free. And there are days that I would go home from set and I’d just be like, ‘I want somebody to come over.’ And it’s like no, go to bed.”


“I would also ask myself, ‘What you want him to come over for? What y’all ‘gon do?!’” she jokes.

On June 6, Orji will release her first ever comedy special, an HBO-produced showcase called Momma, I Made It! that follows the actor-comedian from onstage in D.C. to her Nigeria.

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