One of the stars of 2018 blockbuster Black Panther has given a stunning, faith-filled acceptance speech upon picking up an award in the United Kingdom. Letitia Wright, who played Shuri in the wildly successful Marvel Comics adaptation, was presented with the BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) “Rising Star” award recently.
“I identify myself as a child of God and I can’t get up here without thanking God,” Wright boldly declared as she took to the stage. The actress went on to discuss her previous battle with depression, which struck at a time when her acting career repeatedly stalled. However, despite the heartache, and amid this excruciating period of failure, Wright revealed that it was her unwavering faith in Jesus that ultimately sustained her.
“A few years ago, I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I literally wanted to quit acting,” she said. “The only thing that pulled me out of it was God, my belief, my faith and my family, and an email from BAFTA asking me to become part of the BAFTA breakthrough Brits.”
“I was like: ‘Let me try again,’” she added.
Wright, who has become one of the most sought-after actresses on the planet, noted that her rise to stardom “wasn’t a click of a finger success.”
“I’m still a work in progress,” she added, “but I want to thank God, my family, my team…”
“I want to thank everybody who said yes to me, that gave me a chance, and just saw my talent and saw what God placed in me, and said ‘yes,’” Wright continued, before offering a faith-filled word of encouragement to young people:
“I want to encourage young people. You don’t have to be young, you can be any age, but I want to encourage you – anyone going through a hard time… God made you and you’re important,” the actress declared. “There might be some of you here who might be going through a hard time. I just want to encourage you and God loves you. Just let your light shine.”
“This means so much to me, you guys all inspire me,” Wright concluded. “All of you have inspired me so much, so God bless you, thank you, Jesus thank you, thank you.”