‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ – Lagos Welcomes Stars For Press Conference and African Premiere (Photos)
On November 6, 2022, Nigeria’s center of excellence, Lagos, gladly received the director and cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a sequel to the 2018 box office hit movie, Black Panther, an American action superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character. It was directed by Ryan Coogler and co-written by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler.
The story, which continues the story of the king of Wakanda, T’Challa, will be a befitting tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020 after battling colon cancer for 4 years. The sequel will honor the legacy of Chadwick Boseman by not recasting the role of T’Challa or using a digital double.
“There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us,” said Marvel Studios’ EVP Victoria Alonso.
The director, Ryan Coogler, and cast, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, and Tenoch Huerta Mejía arrived ahead of their press conference and the iconic movie’s African premiere.
(L to R)Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Ryan Coogler, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and Tenoch Huerta Mejía attend the African Photo Call of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on Sunday November 6, 2022 in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by StillMoving.net for Disney)
The director and cast of the movie graced the Nigeria Industry Press Conference at the Lagos Continental Hotel. It was hosted by Ik Osakioduwa and Anele Mdoda.
They enjoyed an amazing Q&A session with the press, fans and attendees of the event. Among the various questions answered was the reason why the movie premiered in Nigeria. Ryan Coogler highlighted the significant role of Nigeria’s history and culture in the writing, production and success of the movie.
Ryan Coogler attends the African Press Conference of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on November 6, 2022 in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by StillMoving.net for Disney)
The 36-year-old director also revealed the result of his genealogy test which traced his lineage to Cameroon and the Yoruba tribe. He said,
‘If you know, like African American history, it’s tough for us to trace our genetic lineage due to some purposeful things that happened to us during the transatlantic slave trade.
So 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 to know. 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 for that reason.”
More pictures from the press conference
Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o attend the African Press Conference of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on November 6, 2022 in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by StillMoving.net for Disney)
The Official African premiere is brought to you by FilmOne Entertainment, Marvel Studios and Disney Studios. It was celebrated last night at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki in Lagos. The director, cast, and local musician featured in the movie joined fans, guests and dignitaries at the black carpet premiere event.
The movie is set for nationwide release in the 11th of November, 2022.
Pictures from the movie premiere