by DARLENE DONLOE

gozi Anyanwu has a strong constitution, and attributes a lot of her grit to her upbringing.

“In Nigerian culture you’re expected to be successful,” she tells me, sitting backstage in the Kirk Douglas dressing room. “For the first generation African, success is a big deal. Education is a big deal. You have to have something for your parents to brag about. It’s a Nigerian rite of passage. A lot of my worth is caught up in what my parents think. There was no alternative. I had to be successful.”

Her audacity came to fruition on Sunday, March 5, when her


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