Fans of Bridgerton! Did you know that Adjoa Andoh, a.k.a the formidable Lady Danbury (who memorably helps the Duke of Hastings overcome his stutter), is the voice behind a number of notable African books?
Over the past decade or so, Andoh has performed the audio versions of books like Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift, Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay with Me, Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go, Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice, and most recently, Nnedi Okorafor’s Remote Control.
Okorafor shared a clip of Andoh reading Remote Control on Twitter.
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) January 22, 2021
Andoh’s performance for Remote Control also won an Audiofile Earphones Award:
Also, the audio edition of REMOTE CONTROL is 🔥🔥🔥.
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) January 19, 2021
Ukamaka Olisakwe also shared on Twitter that Andoh narrated her latest novel, Ogadinma, Or Everything Will Be Alright.
I forgot to tell you all that #Bridgerton‘s Adjoa Andoh (aka Lady Danbury) narrated my OGADINMA and she loved it!
— Ukamaka Olisakwe; Or, Ngalakwesili (@MsOlisakwe) December 30, 2020
Apart from voice-acting, Andoh has an extensive background in theater, film, and television, appearing in series like Doctor Who. Though her career is based in England, Andoh maintains a strong connection to her Ghanaian heritage and cultural production on the continent. In an interview with New African Magazine, she divulges the personal influences that helped her embody Lady Danbury, the internet’s new favorite “Auntie”:
As a Ghanaian, I come from a long matriarchal lineage, it’s a very strong tradition in Ghana. I have enjoyed marrying the social circumstances of Lady Danbury, with my love of history, and my knowledge of matriarchal influence in my own life.
Check out the full list of audiobooks narrated by Adjoa Andoh here!