Carlos A Giminez, the mayor of Miami-Dade County Florida, has honoured Nigerian-British actress, Sope Aluko by declaring every April 10 as ‘Sope Aluko Day’.
Aluko, a Hollywood actress and a citizen of Nigeria, the UK and US, starred in the records breaking movie ‘Black Panther’.Expressing her joy, the actress took to social media to show her gratitude. She wrote on Twitter: “This just happened; I was awarded a proclamation, declaring today as Sope Aluko day in Miami-Dade County by the County Commissioner. “What a supreme honour! I am flushed with immense gratitude.” The proclamation, which honours the actress for her artistic talents, read: “Be it resolved, that I, Carlos A. Giminez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Chairman Esteban Bovo, JR. And the members of the Board of County Commissioners, on behalf of Miami-Dade County and this community do hereby proclaim Tuesday, April 10, 2018 as ‘Sope Aluko Day’.” Aluko played spiritual leader ‘Shamman’ alongside Hollywood veteran actor Forrest Whitaker in the Marvel-Disney blockbuster ‘Black Panther’. The movie role catapulted her acting career in Hollywood, making her widely known as ‘the Nigerian in Black Panther’. Aluko ventured into acting late, after leading a successful career in the corporate arena in both London and US. Prior to critical acclaim from ‘Black Panther’, her film credits include supporting roles in feature films like ‘Identity Thief’, ‘Pitch Perfect 2?, ’96 Minutes’, ‘Grass Stains’ and ‘The Good Lie’. Aluko, is currently working on another Marvel film set to be released later in 2018, stars alongside Taraji P. Henson in upcoming film ‘The Best of Enemies’.