Danai Jekesai Gurira is an International actress and a play writer. She is active in increasing awareness about natural calamities and helps in teaching acting skills in Africa. She took birth in Iowa, the United States on 14th February 1978.

She came into the from the Television series, the Walking Dead. As a play writer she wrote the play Eclipsed and The Convent. Danai played the role of Okoye in the Marvel movie Black Panther and Avengers-Infinity War.

She is multilingual and lives in Los Angeles, California; she speaks French, English, and Shona. She took birth in Iowa, the United States on 14th February 1978. Her family had migrated from Zimbabwe in the year 1964. Her parents are Roger Gurira and Josephine Gurira; Danai is the youngest of four siblings, her sisters are Shingai, and Choni Gurira; while her brother is Tare Gurira.

Her mother worked as a college librarian, and her father worked as a lecturer of Chemistry at Grinnell College. Later, her parents started working at University of Wisconsin–Platteville. She spent her childhood in Zimbabwe and went to the Dominican Convent High School, Harare.

After schooling, she went back to the USA and enrolled in Macalester College, Minnesota; she graduated with a B.A degree in psychology. Afterward, Danai went to the New York University and did Masters in Fine Arts. In the year 2005, she wrote the play In the Continuum; she wanted to write and act to convey her ideas and tell stories to the audience.

Her play premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Broadway, it won her a Helen Hayes Award, an Obie Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award. She also starred in her play and performed it in Harare’s Theatre on World AIDS Day 2011. In 2009, she debuted in Come and Gone, a play by August Wilson on Broadway. She played Martha Pentecost.

In 2012, she won Whiting Award for an emerging play writer; The Convert got premiered McCarter Theatre in New Jersey. As a play writer, Danai got commissioned by the Royal Court, Center Theatre Group, Yale Repertory Theatre, etc.

In 2015, her play Eclipsed became the first theatre act with all black demale cast to premiere at Broadway. Danai also acted in movies like The Visitor, Mother of George, Ghost Town, Black Panther and Avengers-Infinity War.

For her performances she has received Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor, Black Reel Best Actress Award, etc. As an activist, Danai founded Love our Girls in 2016 and co-founded Almasi Arts Inc. to support art and theatre.

Cecilia Oldne English Actress

Cecilia Oldne

In the year 2006, Indian Wine Academy brought out the concept of Indian women working in these industries as the makers of wine, marketers, and so on. She is none other than the Vice President of ‘Sula,’ situated in Nashik. ‘Sula’ is the foremost company which has developed its name in the field of wine-making in Nashik, Maharashtra. Celia became a part of this industry in the year 2007 and today, she has become the representative of the winemaking industry over the entire globe. She has the entire responsibility related to imports, exports and even social media marketing. In the past eight years of her work, she has successfully introduced wines produced by Sula in Canada, Middle East and developing markets like China. Celia’s journey started in this industry around twelve years ago when she returned to her home, Sweden. When she was twenty-three years of age, she started working in a wine industry as a part of her assignment in which she got the opportunity to visit various wineries around the world and be in touch with some inspiring people. She started to develop interest in this field and decided to move a step ahead. She completed her graduation from ‘Vinkallan Swedish Wine Academy’ in the year of 2005 and she went to South Africa in 2007, where she met ‘Rajeev Samant,’ founder of ‘Sula.’ This meeting opened the doors for her in the industry and she came to India and joined ‘Sula.’ Except for production of wine, she got immense knowledge about other aspects of the same. Celia finds it an honor to promote a company that is helping in the growth of Indian Wine Industry. In one of her interviews, Felicia confessed that she has been a great admirer of ‘Rajeev Samant.’ She added that Rajeev has great leadership qualities and he had been a great source of learning for her. According to the reports, Sula now exports wine to thirty countries in the world. This made Celia believe that the company has put India’s name on the wine map of the world. She is also a member of the ‘Asia Wine Producer Association,’ a program developed by the Asian wine producers. Though she is not an Indian, she truly deserves being in the list of ‘WOW Top Ten Women’ in the field of Wine-making, Brand management, Marketing management, Marketing strategy, Market Planning, Trade Marketing and Event management. She is undoubtedly a great inspiration for all the women of India.

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