Harare - The “Black Panther” installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the first major movie in a very long time that tried to portray Africa as anything other than a disease and poverty-riddled continent.
This was a bold portrayal of the black man as king, as hero, as engineer, as doctor, as global actor, as rich, as intelligent.
“Black Panther” struck many of the right chords and united people in seeing all that Africa really is and all that it can be.
And it used African and black actors as the lead talent, with the likes of Zimbabwe’s Danai Gurira and Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o at the centre.
With these African stars were other black cinematic A-listers, such as Forrest Whittaker and, of course, Chadwick Boseman as the iconic Black Panther, King T’Challa.
Boseman breathed his last on Friday, and fans of Black Panther and indeed even its critics have been plunged into mourning.
The Black Panther has battled cancer of the colon for four years, and unfortunately the world does not have the medical and technological expertise of the mythical Wakanda to stop such tragedies.
According to a statement from the family, Boseman shot a number of movies, including “Black Panther”, while he was undergoing chemotherapy, which was testament to his spirit and dedication.
To honor the late actor, we leave you with two inspirational quotes from the late actor, which show that while Wakanda may be a mythical geographical location, it is - more importantly - a state of mind.
Sometimes you need to get knocked down to understand what your fight is. You have to cherish things differently when you know the clock is ticking and you are under pressure.
People don’t want to experience change, they just want to wake up and it’s different. The best advice about getting older, just be thankful you are not dead.
You would rather find purpose than a job or career. Purpose crosses disciplines, an essential element to you. It is the reason why you are on this planet, at this particular time in history. Your existence is wrapped up in the things you fulfill.