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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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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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