Award winning Tanzanian actress Yvonne Cherrie who is also known as Monalisa was born August 19, 1981 to Suzan Lewis who is also an actress. She is often referred to as one of the best actresses and pioneers in the movie industry of Tanzania.
She studied secretarial studies at Tanzania Public Service College. In 2002 she joined British Council Tanzania for Pre Advance level to study English language course ,and after that she joined Wilnag Media Training College in Nairobi where she graduated with a diploma in mass communication
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Yvonne has starred in movies and TV playing roles like Monalisa in the TV series Mambo Hayo. In 2002 Monalisa made her first feature film debut in the film called Girlfriend where she played as Tumpale. She played in many movies like Sabrina (2003), Dilemma (2004), She Is My Sister (2006), Kwa Heshima Ya Penzi, Binti Nusa and Network.
She won Zanzibar International Film Festival for the ‘Best Actress’ award in 2010 and was also nominated for 2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for Pan African Actress Of The Year. In 2008, she won the Kiu Media Awards.