VIDEO: Danai Gurira Had The Whole #BlackWomenInHollywood Audience Singing Happy Birthday To Lupita Nyong'o

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Rachaell Davis Mar, 01, 2018

Two of Wakanda’s finest shared an unforgettable moment on stage at the 11th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards.

Actress, award-winning playwright and fearless Black Panther warrior Danai Gurira was one of four deserving honorees to be recognized this year during the Oscar-week event, which is held annually to celebrate the achievements of Black women doing amazing things in the film and television industry. To make the moment even sweeter, Danai’s was presented with the honor by none other than her fellow Black Panther cast member and close friend, Lupita Nyong’o,

“This moment means a great deal to me because I’m here to speak about a woman who I absolutely cherish,” Lupita said, as she took the stage to introduce Danai. “I would like to talk about my friend, my collaborator, my sister, the incomparable, Danai Gurira.”

But when Danai made her way to the stage, it was Lupita who received a special surprise, as she was presented with a cake and an impromptu audience serenade in honor of her 35th birthday. Check out the priceless moment in the video above.

The 2018 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards will air Saturday, March 3 at 10 p.m. on OWN.