KNOW YOUR WAKANDANS | Okoye
Okoye was one of the first two women to serve as dora milaje when T’Challa reinstated the tradition. (The other was Nakia, see that post.) She has been serving as a bodyguard to the Black Panther since she was about 14. She’s a skilled fighter and trusted implicitly by T’Challa.
Unlike, Nakia who left the dora milaje, Okoye continued with the group. Her second partner was an American girl called Queen Divine Justice. Okoye appeared in the Black Panther comics as a dora milaje on and off well up into the 2000s.
I don’t know her whereabouts in the current comics (I don’t believe we have seen her in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run, but correct me if I am wrong).
In the comics at least (who knows what they will do in the movie), Okoye and T’Challa do not have a romantic relationship. I think it would be cool to see a powerful woman who is bodyguard to a powerful man (king, no less) without any sort of romantic angle. Yes, she works for him. But he also trusts her implicitly. He knows Okoye can get the job done.
Okoye will be played by playwright and actress Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) in the Black Panther film. I look forward to seeing her kick some more ass. I also hope, that since Danai wrote such great female characters in her play “Eclipsed” (which only featured women–no dudes) that maybe she can bring some of that to the dora milaje.