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Danai Gurira Signs a Major 2-Year Deal with ABC Studios

The actress and playwright is set to develop, write and produce projects for ABC studios.

Danai Gurira's year is definitely off to a great start.

The multi-hyphenate star has just signed a 2-year deal with ABC which will see her developing, writing and producing a number of projects for the studio, according to The Wrap.

The deal comes just as the American-Zimbabwean actress's role as Michonne on AMC's original series The Walking Dead comes to a close.


Jonnie Davis, President of ABC Studios, spoke about the recent deal with Gurira saying, "From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no one like Danai Gurira." Davis added, "The scope of her talents and the breadth of her abilities are simply astonishing. We are over the moon that she has chosen to make ABC Studios her exclusive home."

Responding to Davis' comments, Gurira expressed her excitement at working with ABC studios in a statement that read:

"I am thrilled to work with Jonnie and his stellar team at ABC Studios. Their commitment to the feminine perspective aligns with my goals as a storyteller. I am excited to amplify unheard voices and bring to light narratives that will tackle universal themes while they simultaneously break barriers and bring new faces, voices and influences to the screen."Gurira has made some serious career moves following her debut on Broadway back in 2009.

Not withstanding her roles in major titles such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the actress has also produced critically acclaimed plays including The Convert and the Tony-nominated Eclipsed which starred Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o.

Gurira will also executive produce the HBO Max series adapted from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah.

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Kenyan Rastafarians Want Cannabis Unbanned for Religious Reasons

The Rastafari Society of Kenya argues that the personal use of cannabis, which is currently outlawed in the country, is an integral part of their religion.

According to local media reports, the Rastafari Society of Kenya has gone before the High Court to argue in favour of the personal use of cannabis. Currently illegal in Kenya, the minority religious group argues that the laws criminalising the use of cannabis in Kenya are prejudiced towards their religion given that the substance is a "sacrament connecting believers to their creator." Cannabis is commonly used as incense to initiate religious practises by Rastafarians and is often followed by a series of praises and prayers.

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