Ghanaians Celebrate Michaela Coel’s Historic Emmy Win

A British actress of Ghanaian heritage has become the first black woman to win an Emmy for best writing in a limited series.

Her hit series ‘I May Destroy You’ follows main character Arabella, as she deals with the trauma of a sexual assault.

Michaela Coel starred in, wrote and co-directed the drama.

Ghanaian Twitter users have reacted to her win, with one writing, “Michaela Coel is ever so honest with her work. Way overdue, so well deserved.”

Another said the country is proud of her: “Wow… this is a win for Ghana too… Congratulations @MichaelaCoel … Ghana is proud of you.”

Her win was also celebrated in the diaspora, with one person in California tweeting,“Ghana STAND UP! Michaela Coel, That’s how you do it! Well deserved, so so proud #Emmys”.

In her acceptance speech, Michaela Coel encouraged other creators to “write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you”.

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