Danai Gurira, a Zimbabwean actress and writer who lives in the United States, is among three young Zimbabwean women who made it into the 2012 20 powerful young women in Africa by Forbes. The other two are Jacqueline Chimhanzi, a local corporate executive and Maud Chifamba, a 14-year-old year University Accounting student, who made history last year when she became the youngest student (male or female) in Zimbabwe and possibly the whole of Southern Africa to enrol at university.
Gurira's nomination adds yet another feather to her cap shortly after being nominated United States hottest new actress for featuring in a television drama series, "The Walking Dead" for her role as a zombie killer Michonne.
A graduate of New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Gurira has guest starred on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Life on Mars", "Lie to Me" and had a recurring role on "Treme" on HBO. Her movie roles include The "Visitor," "Restless City" and "MaGeorge." A recipient of the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress for an off-Broadway play, Gurira recently won the 2012 Whiting Award for USD$50 000, bestowed annually to 10 rising stars.
At home, she has featured in a number of local productions that include her award-winning play titled "In the Continuum" that was staged at the Theatre in the Park and other venues in the country in commemoration of the World Aids Day. She worked with Patience Tawenga on the production.