Actress Thuso Mbedu has been nominated for International Emmy for her role as Winnie on the drama series Is'thunzi.
Mbedu is the only African to be nominated this year.
In a recent interview with HuffPost SA, Mbedu's co-actor, Sdumo Mtshali, said while doing one of the episodes, Mbedu pushed herself "to the point where she just could not stop weeping".
"That scene that got the country talking so much, was intense for all of us. But because she's the great actress that she is, she performed so well pushing all of us to go that far," Mtshali said.
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 😝🙈 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 AMANINJA! @MakgotsoM1 @zikhona_bali @YolandaKgaka @tkaula
We are in the same boat as the rest of the South Africans who burst into tears upon hearing the news.
In true South African style, people took to Twitter to congratulate Mbedu on her nomination:
Congratulations Thuso! In our eyes, you're already a winner.