2018 Great Immigrants Recipient

Yvonne Orji
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"I am a benefactor of the open door of immigration. My dreams are manifesting because of the promises embedded in the fabric of what already makes this country great," actress and stand-up comedian Yvonne Orji wrote in 2017 on her Instagram account. Orji initially dreamed of being a doctor and earned a master’s degree in public health. But her plans derailed when it was time for medical school as she realized that “blood and organic chemistry” were not for her. She is currently working on “First Gen,” a sitcom pilot she wrote about a Nigerian-American medical student who defies her strict mother and becomes a stand-up comedian. Orji stars as Molly Carter in the hit HBO series, “Insecure,” now in its third season.  She will appear alongside Kevin Hart in the comedy film “Night School,” set for release in September, and opened for comedian Chris Rock on his Total Blackout Tour last year. Orji recently traveled to South Africa as an ambassador for (RED), which helps finance The Global Fund to fight AIDS. Updated July 2018