Black Panther star Danai Gurira was recently in Lagos with her co-star Lupita Nyong’o and rumor had it they were around working on a secret project.
In a new issue of Net-a-Porter’s Porter Edit, where she’s the cover star, Danai opens up on the trip to Lagos and why it was such a secret.
“Black Panther had just come out. We were trying very much not to draw attention to ourselves. We had an amazing time. Chimamanda introduced us to many of her friends in fashion, all of whom are making beautiful things. I consider myself an Africanist. I love the variation of the continent, the specificity of various parts of it – which often gets clumped into one idea, which is so obscenely untrue.”
41-year-old Avengers: Endgame actress also spoke about growing up in both the U.S and in Zimbabwe.
“I am definitely a strong meshing of both worlds. I knew when I got [to America] that I had to be vigilant. Being in a land of such access and excess, you have to really be clear about what you’re doing and why, and how you’re going to be responsible with all of the opportunities available to you as an American citizen. And it was clear to me that I was going to retain a tangible and active connection to Zimbabwe. When I moved to Africa as a girl, I thought I was American. Then when I came back, I realized how African I was.”
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