Ajai Sanders

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Ajai Sanders
Born Angela Marie Wilson
(1967-04-24) April 24, 1967 (age 49)[1]
North Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Ajai Richards
Education Hillcrest High School
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 1990–present
Known for Gina Deveaux – A Different World

Ajai Sanders (born Angela Marie Wilson; April 24, 1967) is an American actress and stand-up comedian. Sanders is best known for her supporting role as Gina Deveaux in The Cosby Show comedy spin-off A Different World (1991–93) Sanders is sometimes credited as Ajai Richards.


Born Angela Marie Wilson in North Trenton, Sanders grew up in Dallas, Texas. She attended Hillcrest High School, graduating in 1985.[2] Sanders moved to Los Angeles and began working as a stand-up comic; eventually this work led to what initially was to be a one-time role on A Different World. The guest role was expanded after director Debbie Allen proved impressed by the qualities Sanders brought to the character, whose appearances were expanded to five that season and 18 the following season, after which she was added to the show's opening credits.[3] Sanders has made guest appearances on the sitcoms Martin, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Parent 'Hood, The Wayans Brothers, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Moesha. She also guest-starred in a 2001 episode of the Lifetime show, The Division. Sanders had a major role in the independent urban comedy, High Freakquency, in which she was credited as Ajai Richards. She had a smaller role in the Michael Keaton Christmas comedy, Jack Frost, and also appeared in the 2000 urban independent drama, The Playaz Court.



  1. ^ TVOne: Ajai Sanders
  2. ^ Hillcrest High School (Dallas, Texas) 1985 yearbook
  3. ^ Ken Parish Perkins. "Ajai Sanders stands up to any naysayers," The Dallas Morning News, May 19, 1992.

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