Black Panther the movie in was introduced in Kenya, just days after the main premier. This is in Celebration of the African culture and support to our artists.
The movie is about a young man T’Challa, who after the death of his father, returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as King. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mantle as King -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his enemies and secure the safety of his people.
“This is yet another historic moment for us as Africans as we celebrate another milestone made by fellow brothers and sisters as they represent the continent in their global ventures as actors and actresses’’ Said Trushna Buddhdev-Patel – Managing Director, Crimson Multimedia Ltd.
CNN reported that ‘Black superheroes have reached the screen before, but seeing the collective weight of Marvel/Disney thrown behind a blockbuster like "Black Panther" still feels like a cultural watershed, one that the movie exuberantly embraces. Boasting perhaps the strongest supporting characters yet among Marvel titles, director Ryan Coogler's visually dynamic film should transform a lesser-known comic-book hero into a household name.’
With over 10 years of acting in the movie industry Lupita has become the Kenyan star that has made us proud and was once rated the most beautiful person on earth. Since a young age, Lupita was passionate about acting. Locally, she played lead role in MTV award winning drama series, sugar in 2008, after which she went to Yale to advance her career. In 2013 Lupita made her American film debut in Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ as Patsy which led her to win her 1st Oscars in the 86th edition of the Academic awards for best supporting actress. With this, she has become the 7th black actress to win the award. Lupita has worked in several movies including the most talked about Black Panther, Queen of Katwe, Non-Stop, amongst others.
Other Kenyan actors who have made us proud include Edi Gathegi, Benjamin Onyango, and actor and producer of Tears of the Sun, God’s not Dead among others. Eddie Gathegi, an actor and casting director, has been in movies like Twilight Saga, Blacklist, X Men to name but a few. Kiiran Shar - Lord of The Rings, Mary Oyaya of Star Wars 2, Barkhad Abdi Rahman of Captain Philips, Oliver Litong’o of The First Breather, Wilby’s Conspiracy, Ebby Weyime Kenyan model and actress of Death Race 3, Eye in the Sky.
It is fascinating how Director Ryan Coogler assembled an All-Star cast, that include Boseman, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, Phylicia Rashad, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker and Letitia Wright.
“Black Panther is the first superhero movie that resonates all African and thus a reason to celebrate. The movie has generated a high buzz and interest since its trailer launch and closer to release now, the international reviews are pouring in and are only further increasing the appetite and hype of local Superhero and general movie lovers!” Added Trushna
The premier had an African theme that was motivated by the fact that the film is set in Wakanda an imagined African nation. Not forgetting that most of the main characters are black and some of African descendant, this including our very own Lupita Nyon’go, Uganda’s Florence Kasumba, South Africa’s John Kani and his son, Atandwa Kani among others.
The Purple carpet premier which took place at Prestige Plaza on Ngong’ Road, witnessed guests who gathered to celebrate the African culture and elegant African attire. Among the guests were Media personalities members of the Actors Guild artists and other movie fanatics.
After already topping the Marvel all-time record for first-day advance ticket sales, rumors point to Black Panther opening several million dollars higher than original tracking figures of $100 million, and suggest it could open as high as $150 million. The movie will be in Kenyan theatres from 16th Feb this year.
STORY BY: EnM