At last night’s 2017 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards, Zaria-born actress, Wunmi Mosaku picked up her first BAFTA at her first attempt.
30-year-old Mosaku won the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA TV Award for her role in the BBC One movie, Damilola, Our Loved Boy.
Wunmi Mosaku’s acting credits include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (the 3-hour extended cut), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Black Mirror and Guerrilla plus appearing alongside fellow Nigerian-British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor in Dancing on the Edge.
Damilola: Our Loved Boy also won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Single drama. It tells the real-life tragic story of Damilola Taylor, whose family moved from Lagos, Nigeria to London in search of better lives for themselves in the year 2000. That same year, Damilola was killed on November 27 – just 10 days before his 11th birthday. He left a computer class before walking home when two youths stabbed him with a broken bottle. He was found bleeding to death in a stairwell, having left a 30-meter trail of blood as he tried to crawl to safety. Brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie, aged 12 and 13 at the time, were convicted of manslaughter six years later.
Mosaku was born in Zaria, Nigeria, and subsequently emigrated to Manchester, England, where she attended Trinity Church of England High School and Xaverian Sixth Form College.
Watch Wunmi Mosaku’s acceptance speech below:
Here is the trailer for Damilola: