Black Panther has already roared to victory at the US box office, but it’s getting an especially warm welcome in its spiritual home. The film's setting, Wakanda, may be a fictional African nation, but the countries that inspired it are celebrating the film’s release and the depiction of various African cultures on screen.
The Nigerian premiere in Lagos saw A-List celebrities celebrating their heritage in traditionally-inspired costumes for the theme “African Royalty”. Speaking to The Vanguard, actor Sope Aluke explained how the cast felt they wanted to improve African representation: “Usually in Hollywood, you’re just African. They will use a Nigerian actor with a Nigerian accent to play a Kenyan character or vice versa.”
Aluko is one of five Nigerian actors in Black Panther and said the enthusiasm for the film in African countries had come as a pleasant surprise: “We knew that we had a responsibility towards Africa and the black community in general while shooting this movie, but I didn’t expect anything like this, all this enthusiasm coming from the black community.”
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