The rebellious, if not passionate, warrior Ayo stops at nothing to protect her people and the ones she loves.
Fighter Without Mercy
Ayo is a strong-willed, passionate woman raised by her father who treated her no differently than her brothers—training her to fight without mercy. She believes in justice and fighting for Wakanda. When chosen to join the Dora Milaje, the elite force of women warriors who protect the royal family and especially King T’Challa, AKA Black Panther, Ayo does so with gusto. Though when she meets the Dora’s Captain Aneka, she challenges her authority, but trains tirelessly to be the best in the group.
Ayo is a warrior of Wakanda, a skilled member of the Dora Milaje highly trained in various forms of fighting styles, with and without traditional Wakandan weaponry such as spears. Prepared to be fierce and fearless, and to serve the royal family, she uses her skills to protect her nation.
Ayo typically wears traditional Dora Milaje armor, though she has stolen prototype Midnight Angel armor in the past, which is equipped with wings that not only allow her to fly but also deflect bullets. She wields a vibranium-empowered staff which can break through concrete and acts like a boomerang when thrown. Ayo also wears Kimoyo Beads in the form of a bracelet, which is an advanced piece of communication technology. She is also able to breathe under water for a time without assistance.
When Namor McKenzie, AKA Namor the Sub-Mariner, the King of Atlantis, attacked Wakanda, Ayo, and the Dora Milaje cleaned up the Golden City. After clearing the rubble, Aneka and the Dora discovered King T’Challa fraternizing with the enemy and refused to follow him.
When Aneka killed Folami’s father, an abusive village chieftain, Folami took her rage out on Aneka by attacking her lover Ayo... But Ayo defended herself successfully.
The revolutionary Zenzi led The People, a group that tried to topple the Wakandan monarchy. Zenzi possessed the ability to control and amplify people’s emotions, which she used to stir up the citizens of Wakanda. Ayo allied with Zenzi and The People until the alliance fell apart because of their violence towards liberated women.
Nakia, a member of the Dora Milaje, became dangerously obsessed with King T’Challa, and her actions against his family resulted in her banishment from Wakanda. Nakia then developed an arsenal of weapons, including a drug that gave her power over men, but it made her ill. She tried to lure T’Challa to her before she died from the drug and stole a doomsday weapon while wreaking havoc across New York City. Ayo and her fellow Dora Milaje battled her with the help of Spider-Man, Ororo Munroe (AKA Storm), the X-Men, and the Avengers.