Mbedu is living it up in New York ahead of tonight’s International Emmy Awards show.
The actress is nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress award, her second nomination in two years. She was first nominated last year for her role in Is’Thunzi, the only African to have received a nomination. This year’s nomination is for her role as Winnie Bhengu.
Mbedu has played key roles in other soapies such as Scandal and Saints and Sinners.
“Africa. This is for you! This is the medal ceremony for the International Emmys that takes place before the awards ceremony. The fact that I’m here is more than a blessing and I hope I have done the continent proud through this nomination,” she wrote on Instagram after receiving a medal for her nomination – an Emmy tradition.
In anticipation of the awards, South Africans have railed around Mbedu, wishing her luck. Radio and TV presenter Hulisani Ravele, Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Capitec Bank have all sent out tweets to offer their support.
The award ceremony will take place tonight in New York City, hosted by stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu.
— Hulisani Ravele (@HulisaniRavele) November 19, 2018
Watch: I take great pride in sending my best wishes to award-winning actress, @ThusoMbedu as she attends the 46th International Emmy Awards as a nominee for her role in the South African drama series, Is’thunzi. Thank you for elevating our art industry to great heights,
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) November 19, 2018
We’re incredibly proud of @ThusoMbedu for her @iemmys nomination! Not only have we been helping her to bank better for years but to show our support we’re sponsoring her red carpet dress. It’s about supporting Thuso & local fashion by giving it a global platform. #iemmys pic.twitter.com/7dPjIQsN4E
— Capitec Bank (@CapitecBankSA) November 19, 2018