5 Ways The Black Panther Franchise Impacted Africa

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The premiere of the highly anticipated blockbuster superhero sequel, Black Panther 2, is set to premiere in Nigeria ahead of its theatrical release.

Marvel Studios has announced that as part of his world tour he will be visiting Nigeria. Needless to say, this is the first time Marvel Studios will have an official premiere of the film in Nigeria.

This announcement was made by FilmOne Entertainment, via social media. They released a statement which read, “The Walt Disney Company, in association with Africa International Film Festival, today officially announced that Nigeria will host the official African premiere of Marvel Studios Black Panther; Wakanda forever.

Below are 5 ways the Black Panther franchise has given back to Africa.

African cast: Since the film takes place in Africa, it is normal that several Africans are chosen in the film. Some of the African actors featured in the film so far include; Lupita Nyong’O, Atanda Kwani, Sope Aluko, Sahsa Morfaw, Florence Kasumba, etc.

African Prime Minister: As mentioned earlier, Black Panther 2 is set to premiere in Lagos, Nigeria. The first part of the film premiered in South Africa, with several cast and crew members in attendance, in a grand event that highlighted the beauty of Hollywood and Africa’s cinematic integration. .

Promotion of African artists: The Black Panther franchise has emphasized African culture, including its music. For its official trailer, it tagged the cover by Nigerian artist Terms No woman no cry and A Body, A Coffin by Ghanaian artist Amaarae.

While the film’s first installment was marked primarily by Kendrick Lamar, it had plenty of African influences, including Senegalese artist Baaba Maal, who also gave an exquisite performance, alongside Massamba Diop at the Black Panther comic con. 2 in San Diego.

Financial return: The first Black Panther broke box office records around the world, including in Africa, where it grossed approximately $400,000, $300,000 and $6,274,562.28 respectively in West Africa, in East Africa and South Africa. A percentage of this is reinvested into the African entertainment sector and, therefore, more jobs in the space.

Inclusion: Arguably Black Panther’s greatest achievement is the groundwork it’s thrown in for inclusion. Before Black Panther, there hadn’t been an exclusive African superhero movie. It’s safe to assume that Black Panther paved the way for large-scale African storytelling, with the success of The female king being the last proof. The film also touched on some very heavy themes including colonialism, racism, segregation, cultural appropriation, exploitation, African vs. Black American struggle, and more.

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