WAKANDA FOREVER!!! These two words have come out of my mouth over 2000 times since Monday and trust me when I say that I am not exaggerating. I have been hyped and anxious about our great Wakandan King showing the entire universe that we are not to be trifled with. We are a continent of powerful, intelligent, forward thinking, funny and patriotic people. We don’t need a damn national anthem to stand in solidarity.
Wankanda is home to us all. Except you damn outsiders, you can find your home elsewhere. bye-bye (waves enthusiastically)
On to the matter at hand, the great King that is T’Challa. As we all know; excluding those who have been living under a rock, T’Challa is the prince of the former King of Wakanda, the fictional city set in Eastern Africa. After the death of his father, he took over, changed a few things and brought Wakanda to the world. But I’m not really here to just rant about the fictional king. I’m gonna talk about the man behind the king, Chadwick Bossman
The 42 year old actor was first made popular by the movie Gods of Egypt, where he played an Egyptian god of something I don’t really know or care about. This role was minimal and his death came shortly after when Set came and ripped his brain out of his head. What a mean god that Seth was! tsk tsk tsk
Shortly after, I believe Marvel spotted a talent that was just lying bare in such a grossly underwhelming movie. He was casted for the role of the Black Panther; I have typed that so much my predictive text brings it up immediately, and he knocked it out of the park. He was an unstoppable fighting and ass-whooping machine in search of blood following the death of his father. And from the moment I saw his fight with Captain America, I knew for a fact that I was going to rush to the cinema to see his movie.
As the first black superhero ever created in the 70s, the Black Panther movie became more than a blockbuster action-hero movie. It became a culture for the African community all over the world. You go online and see different people spotting beautiful colours of Ankara, dashikis, full black agbadas with the suit embroidery around. Heck, rules were given. “If the movie is not good, you must say it was” …and this was beyond contestation. But beautifully, this movie was worth the hype and more. It’s a movie and a half. Marvel went out and decided they were gonna blow our minds and they did.
A perfect blend of comedy and action, a beautiful black cast featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Angella Basset, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright, T’Challas’ little sister, who I just wanna lick her $_m of my lips and j~&/ on her beautiful face swoon. They just couldn’t go wrong. But is this the beginning of the rise and solidarity of the black community? I hope it is. That being said, I believe the movie went beyond expectation. In fact, as Trevor Noah rightfully said, “the trailer does not do justice to the movie”.
Have you seen the Black Panther? What are your thoughts? Share in the comments below! Wakandans Unite!!!