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.

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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.