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Lupita Nyong’o, Black Panther Crew In Nigeria

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In anticipation of its release this coming week, Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continued its promotional tour with a historic premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday evening. 

This was a major event considering that it is the first time a Marvel movie has held a premiere locally, with a large group of talent, filmmakers and press on hand for the black carpet rollout.

In attendance were director Ryan Coogler and stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Winston Duke and Michaela Coel.

Kenyan Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o shared photos capturing the moment noting that she was so excited to have the premiere here in Africa.

“Nigeria, you do well! No better way to start our release week than to bring #WakandaForever home to The Continent! 🌍 🖤 #BlackPanther,”wrote Lupita.

The film’s director mentions that even though the location in the film is fictional, it was best to also have a premiere in the continent since the storyline represents Africa.

“The story is Africa, the story even though you know ‘Wakanda’ is a fictional country, we pull from real places in terms of culture that we represent and our inspiration,” says Ryan Coogler.

The producer Nate Moore was also on hand along with soundtrack artists and producers.

The team has been making the rounds, including a world premiere in LA and a European debut at Cineworld Leicester Square in London last week. 

The Nigeria premiere was held in association with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment and celebrated the movie’s African heritage.

The first Black Panther remains the No. 1 film in both East and West Africa. It had its premiere on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018.

The film’s cinematic release is scheduled for November 11, 2022.

By Stella Anyango

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