Nigerian-British Actress Wunmi Mosaku Wins Best Outstanding Actress at Black Reel Awards

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Nigerian born British actress Wunmi Mosaku is the latest recipient of the 2022 Black Reel Awards in the Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series category for her performance as attorney, Nicole Steel in HBO’s We Own This City.

We Own This City, a six part miniseries was adapted from the non-fiction book – ‘We Own This City: A True of Crime, Cops and Corruption’ by Baltimore crime reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Justin Fenton about the Gun Trace Task Force. The Wire co-creators David Simon and George Pelecanos adapted the book into a miniseries.

In We Own This City, Mosaku’s Nicole Steel is one of the few characters not based on real life individuals. These characters represents a number of people in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. “I felt like Nicole while I was reading the scripts. I was like, ‘How did this happen?!’” Mosaku told The Guardian.

“It’s very different living here now and being Black in America, being married to an African American, knowing that my future is here and therefore, my safety is in the hands of the people in charge. It’s very sobering and scary. It does feel different, being in a country where police officers have guns. That’s not a thing in the UK”

While on the We Own This City Podcast, Mosaku said, ”It feels so necessary to tell this story right now, theres a rot in the system that a lot of people are shouting about, but a lot people are deaf to.”

Wunmi Mosaku is also the recipient of BAFA for her role as Gloria Taylor in Damilola, Our Loved Boy, and a British Independent Film Awards for her role His House. She’s also been nominated for several other awards; Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and a Critic Choice Television Awards for her role in Netflix series Lovecraft Country.

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