28 September 2017

Thuso Mbedu receives an International Emmy nod

Young South African actress Thuso Mbedu has just received a nod for in the 2017 International Emmy Awards.

The 23-year-old starlet received a nomination for her role as Winnie in Mzansi Magic drama series Is'thunzi in the category for Best Performance by an actress. Thuso will compete against Brazillian actress Adriana Esteves, English's Anna Friel and German star Sonja Gerhardt. Thuso's work was submitted by the production company Rapid Blue, which house the drama series.

After hearing the great news, Thuso cried and jumped. She then took to social media to thank the people who have made this moment possible. In her long post she thanked her family, her manager and those who believed in her and gave her the break when she desperately needed it. The young actress also acknowledges her co-stars saying she wouldn't have been able to rise to the occasion without them.

So it's been brought to my attention that I've been nominated for the INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS which is kind of a BIG DEAL for me πŸ˜πŸ™ˆ I have to say my thank yous 🀸🏾‍♀️ I am here by the Grace of God! So before I say anything else : Thank you Jesus.  I don't know how to put this into words. I've screamed, I've danced and jumped, I've prayed (and my vocabulary wouldn't rise to the occasion) and I've cried. I am so humbled.  To my sister, Masentle Nomalungelo Mbedu, @noma.mbedu I love you more than words can explain. I am here because of God through you.  To my agent, Anna, @annzo_duck thank you for taking me in and believing in me when all the other "big" agencies turned me away. God willed it and so we live purpose.  RAPID BLUE! God bless and increase you. Thank you for believing in all of us by casting us. I definitely wouldn't have been able to rise to the occasion without my wonderful cast. My support system. AMANDA LANE! My words fall short but I'm gonna squeeze you so hard when I see you tomorrow! The crew! Thank you for being patient with us and making us look like the best versions of ourselves.  Mzansi Magic: @mzansimagic the channel that gave me my very first acting break. Humbly, I thank you.  To my family and ALL my friends: thank you humbly and I love you. Vuyelwa Mpakanyiswa, my friend and guide (and manager) this is just the beginning. Thank you for putting up with me for so long. @sdumo.mtshali Season 1 bhuti, you were my go-to person. You were never tired of helping me when I was frustrated or confused by my offers. You were always willing to talk it out and suggest different ways of playing it. We need more people like you! Thank you so much.  Obviously, I could go on and on and on and on! But simply: Abahlali bezishebo (niyazazi). PMB. KZN. SATAFRIKA! Ngiyanithanda. Kubonga mina umntana kagogo. Glory be to God. Never lose heart. Keep pushing. Your dream is just a stepping stone to the greater things God has in store for you. From South Africa to the World. #IWill #daretobedifferent #internatonalemmys2017 #iemmysnominee #ThusoMbedu #ThisIsUs #TeachMeHowTo #iemmyNOM  AMANINJA! @MakgotsoM1 @zikhona_bali @YolandaKgaka @tkaula

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After the news broke, Thuso trended on Twitter, colleagues, friends and her fans congratulated her for scoring such a prestigious nod.

Thuso might just win this award after Trevor Noah proved that is possible. The South African born comedian and host of American show, The Daily Show recently walked away with an Emmy flying the country's flag high once again.

Trevor won Best Short Form Variety Series for his YouTube special The Daily Show: Between the Scenes at the award's Creative Arts ceremony and now Thuso get to again represent SA in the International Emmys.

Nominations for the 2017 International Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There are 44 Nominees across 11 categories and 18 countries. Winners will be announced at a black-tie Ceremony on November 20, 2017 at the Hilton New York Hotel.
Thulile Gama