She was born in February 1981 in Boston and went on to attend Boston University on an athletics scholarship. While there, the voice major fell in love with acting and moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a career on the stage.
- Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba's first name is quite unique as it means "the road is good" in her mother's native Nigeria.
- Before Uzo Aduba found success in Hollywood, she honed her skills by hitting the stage. She made her Broadway debut in 2007 playing Toby in "Coram Boy".
- Uzoamaka Nwanneka is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, and as the hippogriff/seapony leader Queen Novo in the 2017 My Little Pony Movie.