We so much love the wise women of Wakanda, Danai Gurira. This Zimbabwe Hollywood actress on Sunday, Nov 11, was awarded E! People’s Choice Awards “Action Movie Star of 2018” for her performance as Okoye in Marvel’s record-breaking blockbuster, Black Panther.
Yes! she did it. As the leader of the militant Dora Milaje, Okoye is a no-nonsense woman who works with her sisters to protect the King and their country in Wakanda the movie.
During her acceptance speech, Gurira spent her time at the podium expressing how grateful she was to be considered an action star instead of a female action star by the network. She said.
“Thank you for affirming that women and girls— when they are given the chance to hang with the boys can hang with the best of them. Thank you,”
She also thanked the film’s director for giving her and her co-stars the opportunity to do something other than portray the typical damsels in distress.
“I have to give love and appreciation to Mr. Ryan Coogler, the storyteller behind this, and for giving me this role and entrusting women to be collaborators, to be front and center and to have space and tell a story with him,” she continued on stage. “Thank you very much, Mr. Coogler.”
We say a big congratulations!