Black Panther hoax spreads to Africa, Nigerian cinema fans celebrate ‘Black Panther’ release
Please remember this is a Hollywood movie not a black or negro movie, this movie is testament to the sad state of negroes worldwide in 2018 this is house niggers singing and dancing for massa dont forget that. This is white supremacy at its greatest. In my life on this earth I have never seen blacks united in anything not music, not fashion, not appartheid or even racism but Hollywod makes a movie and we already into the billions spent.
LAGOS (Reuters) – Film fans, actors and comic enthusiasts in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos have been flocking to screenings of Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther” which opened in Africa’s most populous country this week.
The Walt Disney Co movie, which features a predominantly black cast, is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. It tells the story of the new king, T‘Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), who is challenged by rival factions.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is also a cultural powerhouse that boasts the continent’s biggest film industry, known as Nollywood. Lagos is the country’s filmmaking hub.
At a screening of Black Panther on Friday in Lekki, an upmarket district of Lagos, Nollywood stars mingled with TV personalities and locals. The showing was one of a number of screenings in the city this week.
Most people were dressed in traditional Nigerian robes and gowns, with some opting to wear specially made attire in keeping with the film’s futuristic take on African garments.
“Black Panther is a film that celebrates black excellence. Bringing it to Nigeria is especially exciting,” said Bolaji Kekere-Ekun, a 33-year-old filmmaker.
“The people who made the film were very specific about the references they used in relationship to Africa. They are pulling from the best fashion and art,” he said.
The fictional African country is depicted as a verdant land with stunning waterfalls where spacecraft designed like tribal masks soar over a modern metropolis.
The portrayal of Wakanda as a futuristic, wealth-laden nation was welcomed by local actress Ijeoma Grace Agu, who used body paint and a two-piece outfit as a homage to the film’s fashion aesthetic and said she was excited to watch the film.
“For once we are not just dressed in slave clothes or doing slavery or brutality. For once we are dressed in good clothes,” said Agu.
Directed by black director Ryan Coogler and featuring actors including Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong‘o and Forest Whittaker, the film has received widespread critical acclaim after years of criticism about the under-representation of black people in Hollywood.
“Seeing us exude power and strength, seeing our culture, our high fashion sense portrays us in a different light,” said Agu.
Black Panther’s Opening Weekend Was a Celebration of African Fashion
when white America murders a black child you ever see Africa react but when white Hollywood makes a movie with dancing monkeys they dress for the occassion
Fans showed up in ‘Black Panther’ costumes, traditional dress, and modern African styles.
Black Panther was bound to be a fashion moment. The landmark Marvel film, groundbreaking as a comic book movie with all black leads, not only features the fashion-forward Lupita Nyong’o, but also takes inspiration from an array of ethnic dress found across Africa. Styles from a variety of groups, including the Maasai, Toureg, Akan, Mursi, and Ndebele, are represented in the film. And black fans around the world used the film’s opening to showcase their African or African-inspired fashions.
“We knew Black Panther wasn’t going to be just any other movie,” Mohammed-Hanif Abdulai of Ghana told Racked via email. “It was a movie about representation, culture, and diversity; a movie that had a message. In that spirit, we decided we were not going to treat this as just any other movie premiere.”
Abdulai’s Wildrness Productions company produces the film review series Couch Critics. The Couch Critics Twitter feed tracked what Ghanaians wore to see Black Panther, capturing images of fans in modern West African fashions, traditional dress, and even carrying drums.
“We asked our fans to come dressed in their best regal attires and they didn’t disappoint, showing up in their fine kente, batakari, dashikis, wax prints, ahenema adorned with rich jewelry, and beautiful drumming and dancing,” he says. “We proudly turned the lobby of the cinema into a beautiful cultural fest. Ghanaians showed the world how proud they were of their culture.”
In Brooklyn, Black Panther fans were no less enthusiastic, using the film’s debut to wear clothing that represented their heritage. Ivie Ani, music editor of the music website Okayplayer, attended a private Black Panther screening with the film’s director, Ryan Coogler, at the BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn. She says a stylist from Zuvaa Marketplace, a purveyor of African fashions, styled the staff of Okayplayer and OkayAfrica for the occasion. Ani chose to wear a handmade ankara jumpsuit from Nigerian brand Studio One Afrique. The garment is called the “Tobi.”
“The word ‘Tobi’ is Yoruba for ‘great’ or ‘big,’ and it’s usually used in male names,” she says. “This ’fit encapsulates that definition: the ‘masculine’ element of choosing pants instead of a dress, the ‘feminine’ element of its form-fitting tailoring, the mélange of the primary colors — red, blue, and yellow — that would normally clash, I felt had a bold, grand effect instead.”
Ani initially planned to wear all black to see the film, but she felt her colorful jumpsuit made a subtle statement. She’s Nigerian and asserts that bold color defines fashion in her culture and a variety of others in Africa. She described color as “the soul” of African fashions.
“The Black Panther premiere has been such a moment as far as fashion goes because black people will take any opportunity to show up and show out at a function,” she says.
Paris-born New Yorker Esther-Lauren Mutolo, a stylist, considered wearing a T-shirt with a pro-black statement to Black Panther’s opening night. In the end, she opted for a vibrant African print, as her father hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“When I came across this jumpsuit in a local boutique, I immediately fell in love,” she says. “This jumpsuit reminds me of everything I was told not to be in life as a black woman. It is loud, obnoxious, eye-catching, and colorful. It represents my personality in its truest form. For years, I was told to be quiet and fit in with society’s definition of what a woman of color should be. When I wore that jumpsuit, I felt like I was defying every expectation set upon me by society. I felt beautiful and black.”
She also noted that black people in the United States face barriers in and outside of corporate America that make it difficult to wear African dress to work or even as everyday attire. Moreover, while white people can cosplay characters from any number of movies, black people have fewer options. Dressing up as an enslaved person or a Jim Crow-era servant would hardly be uplifting.
“This is more than just a movie for us,” Mutolo says. “This is about being acknowledged for something that is not directly tied to slavery or some sort of white suppression. Black Panther is about black people getting a chance to be themselves… Black Panther gave blacks a chance to let loose and wear their most obnoxious, vibrant outfit without being judged.”
Winston Wotse and his friends, Orlando Selasi Baeta and Goncalves Sena Baeta, did use the film to cosplay. They showed up to a cinema in Accra, Ghana, dressed as the Black Panther. As a Ghanaian, Wotse says he regularly sees people in traditional dress, particularly on Fridays, considered to be “African Wear Day,” he says.