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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Actress Yvonne Orji attends the premiere of HBO's 'Insecure' at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on October 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 06: Actress Yvonne Orji attends the premiere of HBO’s ‘Insecure’ at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on October 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)

We love Yvonne Orji!

She’s a Nigerian-American actor on Issa Rae‘s show Insecure on HBO. She plays “Molly”, Issa’s best friend, who is constantly dating around to find the perfect guy.

Funny enough fellow Nigerian Jidenna played her love interest on a few episodes too! Here’s a cute photo of them together.

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65 Comments

  1. Mz Socially Awkward...

    November 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Yvonne!!! ??????

    Still as sassy as ever… Girl, you’ve done good! You’ve done good! ?

  2. Corolla

    November 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I like her!

    • Kanyinsola

      November 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

      I LOVE HER!!!!!! ???????????
      I laughed all through. She reminds me of me ! ?

  3. The Real Oma

    November 18, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Omg, the girl’s energy is ah-mazing! i watched the whole interview and i fell in love with her personality. I am so catching up on Insecure. She is totally hilarious.

  4. sweet breeze

    November 18, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Choi. Virgin at 32?! Got popped months back at 23 and i’m here deceiving myself that I held on long enough

    • Chi

      November 18, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      oh–kayyy

    • Marlvina

      November 18, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Lol! No be only pop! What ever rocks your boat tho…

    • ATL's finest

      November 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      @ Sweet breeze hmmmm interesting TMI lol. Well oh well kudos to U Ma’am

  5. Honor.

    November 18, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    What is the point of staying biologically a virgin when spiritually you are not? I had to stop listening after about 10 or 15 minutes. She has multiple sex scenes in various episodes, she plays someone who’s “‘sexually free”‘ (described as “‘a whore”” by the AOP at first), she’s had sex (scenes) the guy on top of her all day, pumping away, she gets sexually stimulated and ‘wet’ (all the actors and actresses, including married, who claim sex scenes are just ‘acting’ and “”there so many people in the room!”” As if.), she acknowledges “”it’s a spirit and it gets in you””, she has a guy grinding and pumping into her from the back doggy-style as she also grinds and pumps into him, she’s made to call him into the restroom alone with her to practice and rehearse this doggy-style sex scene, just the two of them alone in the restroom, grinding and pumping away into each other making all the sex sounds, even the crew think they actually had sex by the time they came out, the OAP compliments her “”fornication face”” in a scene or scenes, she gets thrown up against a wall and had sex with in another scene.

    She is not a virgin. Not where it really and truly counts. Virginity is SPIRITUAL. VIRGINITY IS SPIRITUAL.. A hymen can be broke from horse-riding, some intense kinds of exercise, etc. Sex is first and foremost of all, a SPIRITUAL thing before being physical. Your emotions and spirit are what truly engage in sex. That’s why we hear of soul-ties, that’s why you keep remembering certain people and can’t get them out of your mind even after breaking up many years later, even when married to someone else. When people masturbate, they have to THINK OF/IMAGINE someone, something. SEX IS SPIRITUAL. VIRGINITY IS SPIRITUAL. Her spirit and the spirit of all the men/actors she has had (simulated) sex with, are already entwined. Her spirit was involved, her soul/mind was involved (these are enough), and her body (not least in the physical reactions and responses to stimuli, stimulation, stimulated, etc) was involved.

    Secondly, THIS IS PROSTITUTION. This is NOT acting. Not as an honourable profession. This is prostitution, pure and simple. Call it what it is. Call it like it is.

    Women, ladies, sisters, men, brothers, guys, IT IS NOT NECESSARY. You DON’T need to make yourself a whore (male or female), you don’t need to cheapen yourself, debase yourself, prostitute yourself, be paid to have sex with people, as other people watch, in a room, and around the world. Not every appetite and instinct (of man) is meant to be fed. Or, (over)indulged. Or, uncontrolled.

    END PROSTITUTION NOW.

    “”Because you’re worth it.””

    • Egusi soup

      November 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Who essay don epp?

    • Gistme

      November 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      U just killed me ?????

    • Taiwo Adepoju

      November 19, 2016 at 6:05 am

      Lmaoooooo the funniest comment ever!

    • Abz

      November 21, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      LMAOOOOOO! I LOVE IT. PLS HELP US ASK OH!

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Ignorant, bigoted idiot.
      There are many many people who don’t get stimulated in sex scenes.
      There are people in the adult industry who even encounter major challenges getting it on before/during a shooting. So STFU.
      By your dumb definition, having a wet dream means you’re no longer a virgin. Makes no sense.
      Virginity is spiritual? Bull. Hey, let me even agree with you that it is spiritual. You mean you haven’t had your mind wonder and/or get “indecent” images flash across your thoughts for one reason or another? Because if you have, you are no spiritual virgin and you’re actually a self-loathing hypocrite.

    • Spunky

      November 18, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      @Honor- what are you on about?

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      “She is not a virgin. Not where it really and truly counts. Virginity is SPIRITUAL. VIRGINITY IS SPIRITUAL.”
      By your dumb logic, if the virginity that counts is “spiritual” then why was the birth of Jesus by a “virgin” Mary such a big deal? Why is that physical virginity something Christians hold on to dearly as an evidence of the purity of their Messiah’s conception and birth? Why did the physical virginity count in what was to be the most important event in the Bible? Why did it matter to God?
      You fanatical, idiotic christians are becoming more laughable as the years go by.

    • Friendly advice

      November 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      @ real nigerian, you can get your points across without all the insults. 1) you’re writing to a stranger 2) dedicating time to compose insults detracts from your main point.

    • Passingby

      November 19, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      real Nigerian why do you always manage to bring intelligent conversation and debate down market. Get you calling someones opinion ignorant. At least they put their point across eloquently. You don’t have to agree with the opinion you can challenge and debate intelligently. Unfortunately your comments reflect your IQ. DO YOUR SELF A FAVOUR AND LEARN TO EXPRESSS YOURSELF WITH MEANINGFUL WORDS. It’s easy to fling insults anyone can do that you don’t need to be schooled to do that. However it takes tact to be able to express yourself intelligently. Stop letting yourself down.

    • Abena

      November 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      Please carry your own cross and stop calling this talented and beautiful woman names.

    • Ese v

      November 19, 2016 at 12:23 am

      You will be alright.

    • Seriously

      November 19, 2016 at 1:04 am

      @honor
      You are right but you know folks ain’t trying to hear all that. It’s a war against morality/truth going on. I love it when I see people still standing for the truth or when they are not afraid to speak their mind. I like Yvonne Orji, she’s hilarious. I don’t understand the hype over insecure awkward girl, just supporting it because at least it’s not a reality show displaying bunch of black women throwing bottles at each other.

    • Random

      November 19, 2016 at 2:52 am

      Honor I believe strongly in morality and don’t condone sexual lewdness but your epistle is a tad bit judgemental and self righteous. Give it a rest and focus on your own spirituality

    • Temi

      November 19, 2016 at 3:32 am

      BOBO you no square… you deh mad ? abi?

    • Tonns

      November 19, 2016 at 4:22 am

      Please shut up @Honor. Being judgemental is also a sin Ewu. Everyone has their own life, so let them live *hiss*.

    • marves

      November 19, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Haters will see you walk on water and say its because you can’t swim.

    • marves

      November 19, 2016 at 5:27 am

      On an afterthought, I think honor has a point.

    • Josephine

      November 19, 2016 at 6:10 am

      Honor, your comment is funny. You are a judgmental person ranting here because others don’t know who probably gossips and lies all day. But God knows you and you will account for every word you say or type under a different name. For you to call a virgin a prostitute with no mention of the self-control it must take in that world or even in any world to respect your body is wrong. Who are you to lash someone like that? You describe the sex scenes like porn but I wouldn’t know. I don’t watch a lot of shows to avoid sex and violence but that’s just me. Its obviously not you. You love to watch simulated fornication then describe it in filthy detail. Says a lot about your filthy mind. By your bad logic of 2 and 2 makes 10, you yourself are watching porn. Be very, very careful. Jesus Himself didn’t blast a prostitute or an adulteress so who the heck are you?

    • Ada

      November 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

      you capped it up by calling her a prostitute. you have really done well

    • Idomagirl

      November 19, 2016 at 9:36 am

      How is it prostitution?

    • Kanyinsola

      November 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Clap for yourself ma! You have tried!!!!
      We shall ordain you tomorrow

    • alexia

      November 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

      you are so delusional.

    • aj

      November 20, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Abeg lets hear word jare! She is not a prostitute…get your mind out of the gutter girl.

  6. Gurrllllll

    November 18, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I really LOVE her btw!!! Just finished watching the interview! HILLARIOUS

  7. Jocelyn

    November 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I just hope she was joking when she said well known global scam artist are not Nigerians but rather Ghanaians. I will let it pass cos I have a great sense of humor, it had to be a joke.

    • Kanyinsola

      November 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

      It was a joke oooo!

  8. RedCapGang

    November 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Madam/Oga (most likely Madam),
    Your writeup cracked me up forreal!! Which one now is Spiritual Virginity again?! How did we go from Breakfast Club to Ending Prostitution!? Prostitutuion for a lady (Yvonne) making a honest living fa. You ma, are hillarious!

  9. Anonymous

    November 18, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    @ Honor, come on, cut her some slack, she’s doing great if you ask me. Cos It’s not easy o. I lost my virginity at 31 and at 34 it’s a serious struggle to be celebate. So if at 32, she’s not having sex, not masturbating, then trust me Yvonne deserves some honor! BTW, she has such a beautiful personality, I also enjoyed the interview. I wish her even more success.

    • californiabawlar

      November 19, 2016 at 7:21 am

      My sister, so you had sex at 31….And now you’re struggling to stay celibate?
      Dang!! this right here is why it’s best to just keep waiting, cuz omo once person fire that shot…na marathon o…no stopping…how many good years a pumpum got left in it’s 30s to start with celibacy after abstinence…na suffer e come suffer for this world? Hian!!

      lolz…it’s all jokes tho. p.s. If you had sex for the first time at 31, you’re a grown ass woman and you didn’t lose nothing. You majestically gave it away…hehehe 😉 😉

    • Lailatu

      November 19, 2016 at 8:09 am

      @californiabawler, you’re funny. Well,I’m sure it felt like a loss for her and that’s why she decided to be celibate. Even if she “majestically gave it away” like you said, a grown ass woman is allowed to change her mind, isn’t she? I guess that’s why celibacy is there, for those who have a change of heart.

    • Californiabawlar

      November 19, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Wait… I hope my comment doesn’t feel like I’m being negative towards @Anonymous o! We’re all in this together! I’m just saying if na me at this point, I’d just completely go rogue ?? the concept of celibacy is harder for me to wrap my mind around than abstinence. I sincerely wish her all the best!

  10. Californiabawlar

    November 19, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Oh my!! I listen to the Breakfast Club everyday so I just got done watching the interview! I was smiling all through! Since I’m stuck in bed and all…I thought ? hmmn wonder what they’re fighting about on BN right now… I open BN and see this post! Great minds!
    Her energy was popping!!! She’s got a new fan right here. I’ve been a fan of Issa and her work (ABG, Ratchetpiece theater, First, The Number, The Choir…everythaaaaaaang!) for years and I’m so proud to see her do so well. These women would be around for a looooooong time!

    I love how she handled the virginity questions…no need for any awkwardness. ?????? She said she has never even masturbated?!! Like, I understand maybe you did as a teen and then quit later on but never?!! Dayummm girl! I have a few friends like her sha…y’all are on another level.
    And for the judgmental idiot with the essay up there…please do us a favor and jump in a lake…it’s the honorable thing to do for humanity. Out here doing the most with your baseless rant ??

    • aj

      November 20, 2016 at 6:01 am

      Yes oh tell her oh! I was just like the hell? I am wondering what sin she is hiding that she has the nerve to be throwing stones at the innocent lady.

  11. Tosky

    November 19, 2016 at 1:31 am

    You people and your wahala ! Can’t just be happy for her ? She got her big break and she’s popping ! She even said it…”naija nor dey carry last”. She doesn’t come off as pretentious….she’s as real as they come. I watch *Insecure* on HBO and she’s doing a wonderful job.period.

  12. Oneliners

    November 19, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Hope you lose it to a good man.

  13. mystery

    November 19, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Wrong Is The New Right. #erodingvalues

  14. Temi

    November 19, 2016 at 3:22 am

    This is a good girl with strong will power.. It is me again Temi.. My granny was present in our up bringing and taught us a lot. Like Yvonne i waited until I got married to experience the thing.. it was my choice and i am proud of it.. no regret… It is my body and i owned it to it.
    WHEREAS NOWADAYS.. JUST THE FIRST DATE.. SOME OPEN UP THEIR LEGS SO WIDE OR EVEN FORCING THE MAN TO JUMP THEM.. SO WHY DO YOU THINK TODAY MANY MEN DONT MARRY ?? WHY BUY MILK AND MEAT IF THE COW IS GIVING IT TO YOU FOR FREE.
    AND WHY DO YOU WONDER WHY MEN AFTER THEY PUT THE RING.. THEY GET TIRED OF YOU. .BECAUSE THERE IS NO FUN AND NOTHING NEW ABOUT IT.. .BECAUSE DEN DONN BANG YOU SO MANY TIME BEFORE AND AFTER THE RING.. SO DEN DE GO LOOK FOR NEW TOTO TO BANG… I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 24 YEARS AND NO REGRET.. WOMEN UNA KEEP UNA LEG OOOOO… BUT JUST DE OPEN LEFT AND RIGHT.. FOR MEN TO JUST RIDE UNA.. LEKA TRAIN.

    • Anon

      November 19, 2016 at 4:56 am

      So your marriage and life are great because you married as a virgin and not ANYTHING else eg by the grace of God? Lol clearly judgemental people think God blesses according to what we deserve

    • nikky

      November 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

      ” it was my choice and i am proud of it.. no regret… It is my body and i owned it to it.”

      Please allow other women who do not share your values the same choice without all the judgment. After all it is their choice, they are proud of it, they have no regret, it is their body and they own it.

    • KMT

      November 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Was your husband a virgin too. Was a it a prerequisite when you were making the decision to marry or didn’t it matter. Just asking Temi. No shades.

    • Mayowa

      November 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Aunty Temi I got 2 questions for you.
      1. are men required to be virgins in your culture. Are thy referred to as Good Boys if they keep their thing locked up till marriage. Or are they Yoruba demons if they sleep around.
      2. Is the ambition of every good girl to marry a good boy
      3. Do bad girls end up only with Yoruba demons.
      4. Is it right for me to assume you married a Yoruba good boy.
      5. If for some unfortunate reason your Yoruba good boy turns out to be a cheating Yoruba demon would you regret saving your virginity for him.
      Aunty sorry oh I started with 2 questions I don’t know how it multiplied to all these Qwestion o! Abeg no vex plenty.

  15. Josephine

    November 19, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Honor, your comment is funny. You are a judgmental person ranting here because others don’t know who probably gossips and lies all day. But God knows you and you will account for every word you say or type under a different name. For you to call a virgin a prostitute with no mention of the self-control it must take in that world or even in any world to respect your body is wrong. Who are you to lash someone like that? You describe the sex scenes like porn but I wouldn’t know. I don’t watch a lot of shows to avoid sex and violence but that’s just me. Its obviously not you. You love to watch simulated fornication then describe it in filthy detail. Says a lot about your filthy mind. By your bad logic of 2 and 2 makes 10, you yourself are watching porn. Be very, very careful. Jesus Himself didn’t blast a prostitute or an adulteress so who the heck are you?

  16. sibo

    November 19, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Personally i feel the decision to be a virgin at whatever consensual adult age is a very private personal thing. I dont judge people on the “”metered”” wear and tear of their private bits. If a guy says to me im a virgin lm not gonna think oh wow, his an angel , i must marry him. Probably be thinking how in the hell do i kick start this one?

  17. KMT

    November 19, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Guam!!. I don’t use virginity as a measure for wholesomeness. It’s a choice like everything else in life or even a situation proclaiming you haven’t fallen in love yet. You don’t get earthly brownie points for it and except your heart is in the right place I don’t think you get heavenly rewards either. That kinda info you whisper to your loved one just before the deed. I watch insecure I think she’s a great actress knowing the status of her Vagina doesn’t add anything.

  18. Idomagirl

    November 19, 2016 at 9:35 am

    She was the one behind that show that time – 2nd Gen right?
    Did they ever get funding for it?
    I watched the trailer so many times, it wad hilarious.

  19. Paul Adeyemo

    November 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Jobless lots

  20. Cocoa

    November 19, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Let’s be honest guys…once you are saved your Spirit ought to be transformed….even when immoral thoughts come you quickly rebuke them..sin starts to disgust you. As a saved person…I unfortunately decided to watch the episode and even the dialogues were making me uncomfortable…once the sex scene came up..my spirit literally jumped..I IMMEDIATELY TURNED IT OFF and put the show in the pile of the ever growing list of shows I as a woman of God can’t be seen watching. So if just watching made my Spirit react in such disgust, I can’t even imagine ACTING that out in reality. Everything in you should be screaming!
    Let’s stop with the one leg in one leg out Christianity. It’s not easy but let’s aspire for a great and Deeper love for God that grows DAILY,.
    Speaking out on what you know is so clearly not the will of God is not the same as being JUDGEMENTAL. The Bible lets us know that we should stand for what is Just and Righteous. Saying nothing means I suppose this and I do not.

    I commend this sister for keeping her legs closed for 32 yrs in such a corrupt world….however I want to see her reap all the benefits of being truely free from sexual immorality.

    GOD WILL HELP US ALL, AMEN!

    • Nikky

      November 20, 2016 at 1:59 am

      Just beautifully written. I have dozens of popular movies I actually bought due to rave reviews but can never watch. My Spirit didn’t agree. Just disgusted

    • Manny

      December 4, 2016 at 4:13 am

      Cocoa GOD bless you. You’ve said it all.

  21. Ijebujesha

    November 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    What’s Nigerian American? She isn’t Nigerian, she is American and Igbo or African-American. Once I became American, I stopped being Nigerian. I am Yoruba, African but certainly not Nigerian anymore. Jidena was right when he refered to himself as igbo-American. That’s very correct. Nigerian American implies an identity crisis issue. How can anyone be adopting multiple artificial statehood up and down, none of which actually reflects their natural identity. Nationality in the Nigerian, American context is fluid and artificial. Lord Lugard created Nigeria and forces are trying to keep it together as a unitary state till this day, Nigeria isnt a natural phenomenon with people of same natural make-up like say China or India. You could say that about the African continent as a whole (minus the Islamic Maghreb part of today’s Africa) but you can’t say that about Nigeria that could even break up into a hundred other artificial states tomorrow. When ex-Americans living abroad give up their American nationality, they stop to call themselves Americans .They understand that America has always been a choice for them-an incidence or accident of history, they are actually Europeans or Africans etc.My point is many of us don’t even take time to reflect and understand the concept of ‘Nigeria’ and we give it so much ‘meaning’ beyond its actual meaning.

    • Curious

      November 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      This one too dey! Na wa oh! People must sha find somebody to be salty about.

    • Anon

      November 19, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      You have got it wrong, again. Won’t repeat myself again.

    • Sass

      November 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Another angle

  22. Busola I

    November 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    She’s so fun! Very engaging and articulate

  23. Rose

    November 19, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, people really came for Honor! Unfortunately people don’t like being told the truth anymore and hide behind ‘don’t judge’ to justify their immoral behaviour. Take heart Honor, you clearly touched a nerve hence why some posters have resorted to insults.

  24. wendy

    November 21, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thank You !!!! I think being a virgin should be something private. I don’t see what the big deal is all about or announcing it to the whole nation! Do they need a brownie point????
    just keep it to yourself and move on!

    fyi, this is not being hateful… Just talking from experience

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