Today, one of the stars of the Black Panther film, Danai Gurira is a household name, but for years she rejected her African name as “weird” and “too much,” opting to use a western nickname in its place. She recently shared her journey toward embracing her name and heritage in Glamour Magazine. By changing her mind about her name, she changed her life. Today, you can call her Danai. On how she became Dede instead of Danai… “I didn’t know my name was Danai until I was five years old.