Michaela Coel has set a new world record at the just ended EMMY awards for winning Best Writing at the just ended Emmys.
The 33-year-old actress known also known as Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Collinson, won Best Writing in a Television Limited Series or Movie, for her work on HBO and BBC’s ‘I May Destroy You’. Historically, she becomes the first black woman to win the category.
After it was controversially snubbed by the Golden Globes, the HBO limited series “I May Destroy You” received some measure of awards justice when it received six Primetime Emmy nominations.
And on Sunday night, Michaela Coel — its creator, writer, co-director and star — won her first ever Emmy Award, for limited series writing. That also made her the first Black woman to win in that category.
In her acceptance speech, Coel told the audience to “write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable.”
Apart from writing, Coel also created, produced, directed, and starred in the series which catapulted her fame. ‘I May Destroy You’ is an HBO-BBC series that fictionalizes the story of her sexual assault after she was drugged and raped in 2016.
Taking the center stage to receive her award, Coel shared a powerful acceptance speech that has received a standing ovation from many.
“Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable. I dare you… Visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear—from it, from us—for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence,” she said in the video below.