Celebrating internationally acclaimed actresses

By Collette Musanyera

As the country continues to celebrate Women’s Month, we cast the spotlight on some of the iconic women in the acting industry who have made it beyond the country’s borders.

Of note, is revered America based Zimbabwean actress and playwright, Danai Gurira, best known for her roles as Michonne on the AMC drama series and The Walking Dead.

Gurira is also famed for her role as Okoye in Marvel Cinematic Superhero films like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity Wars and Avengers: End Game where she received acclaim for her brilliant performances.

Prior to that, in 2017 Gurira starred as Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur in All Eyes on Me, a documentary about the late hip hop star.

The internationally acclaimed actress has numerous awards to her name which include People’s Choice Award for favourite action movie star at the 2018 E People’s Choice Awards, Helen Hayes Award for outstanding lead actress non-resident production 2007, Los Angeles drama critics circle award for writing in 2013 and Screen actors guild award for outstanding performance by a cast in motion picture.

Not to be outdone is another talented actress Chiedza Mhende, who is celebrated for her believable portrayal of a male character Wandile Radebe on South African soap, Generations The Legacy.

Affectionately known as Chi Mhende, Mhende made her maiden cinema appearance with the film Love the One You Love where she became the best actress.

The film had its premiere at the 2014 Durban International Film festival.

Her acting prowess also resulted in her being nominated for the promising young artist award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2015.

Chi Mhende is also celebrated for being the voice of Al Jazeera’s health series, Lifelines.

It will be amiss leaving out a golden oldie Kubi Indi, a local actress who appeared in Live and Let Die, a 1973 film as a sales clerk serving James Bond.

In 1989, she produced I Am the Future, a play which also stars mbira legend Stella Chiweshe, a young girl who travels to the big city to escape war in the rural areas.

In 1993, Kubi got a role in Neria as Connie, friend to the lead character Neria.

The golden oldie is still in the game, which earned her a role in a local 2020 movie Shaina.

Indi, who also starred in a British Musical Film, Tomorrow, British adventure film, Royal Flash and a British Comedy Love thy neighbour is also a member of Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe.