Marvel’s Black panther: Wakanda forever’s premier tour around the world left its mark on Nigerians. With a staggering production cost of $250 million, her premier in Nigeria left a positive reaction, whilst on social media, it was pandemonium.
Post Chadwick Boseman’s death in 2020, one of the main characters, a lot of fans anticipated a sequel, they weren’t disappointed. The premiere in Lagos gave fans an opportunity to be present at the red carpet, and there was no failure in expectation as the casts’ African outfits were a true representation of African culture. There was no shortage of superstars as their line-up starred Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Dominique Thorne, Dorothy Steel, Isaach de Bankole, and Michaela Coel. For the fans, this was more than they bargained for.
The movie director Ryan Coogler said at the premier that his reason for bringing Wakanda to Nigeria was because he wanted to visit what he called his ancestral lineage. “One of the things I spoke with the late Chadwick Boseman about when we first met and were getting ready to put his movie on was that he put me up on something called africanancestry.com, another company I like. It was specific about finding out where you have a heritage. So Chad had done his own, and he explained how it is done. So when I did mine, it came back as having lineage to a part of Cameroon, but mainly Yoruba lineage. It was something that I held on to and always wanted to know, to travel to Nigeria.”