Two years and half ago, the super heroes movie ‘wakanda’ was released and reached our theaters here. In memory of Chadwick Boseman, here is what I wrote back then…
“The film should be the occasion to visit the life, agenda, struggle, and the elimination of the real black panthers.
There are a lot of books on the black panthers. One that stands out for me is ‘black panthers against the empire’.
Unfortunately black people don’t read anymore, but there is an audio book version available that you can listen to while commuting or tired of Facebook/whatsapp.
Here in Togo, I should go to the capital to watch the movie. Once in Lome, the capital, the only theater showing the movie belongs to a French Cecile Rhodes called Bolloré. The guy is the quintessence of the neo-colonizer, backed by the French government who with a network of other French companies are colonizing the continent.
I just wondered. Should I give my money to a French coloniser to watch a movie about black pride.
My response came in fast. I won’t give money to institutions which hurt black people dignity and future any other day.
I went back home.
Then, here, I read comments of lucky people, mostly in Diaspora who went to see the movie.
A lady wrote she got wet seeing so many gorgeous black men on the screen. Another lady was so happy her kids could see a movie with pride, with black people in super hero role. The overall feeling was positive, while a few questioned the movie agenda.
Why in a movie about black Panther there is no white villain, terrorists or an fbi mole, who in the end would be killed by the super black Panther. That should have been the role of killmonger. (Edit. I was told that was the original version of the film, but Hollywood didn’t like it).
Some celebrate the accents, the beautiful costumes, the beautiful bodies, the all black actors.
For sure, this is a fiction, but for a race which had fallen for the last 5 centuries, anything giving them dopamine of content and pride is very much welcome.
My two cents analysis, is to celebrate the fact that so many people black came together to produce a worldwide celebrated event. That only is a success to be celebrated. It’s difficult to get black people to work together on something great, visionary, without infighting and infiltration blocking their way.
As often, after a few weeks, the movie will be forgotten, but we should do our best to keep the lessons:
#1. Wakanda people have African names, would you drop your slave and colonial names?
You are proud because of the africanity in the film, but if you keep your slave or colonial name, then you should be ashamed of yourself.
#2. You found the clothing so beautiful, would you start including African attires in your wardrobe? As ordinary African, as the elite. Are you proud about africanity in the movie, but ashamed to be African culture in real life?
#3. It’s an all black people movie, and that makes you proud. Would you start or get involved in an all black organization and make it great? What about all black great families? What about all black successful communities?
#4. There was no sexualized, trash African women in the movie, instead the women were celebrated. That makes you proud. What lessons would you take away from this?
#5. Technology was at the center of Wakanda empire. Do your best to make your children understand that our historical defeat was a technological defeat, and to reconquer our pride, technology should come back to the center of our preoccupation.
#6. Military was foremost. Our physical defense is very much important. Bring your Kids to self defense and shooting exercise. Encourage our countries to militarize mentally and physically.
#7. Collaboration among black people make us stronger. For a defeated race our egos are fragile and easily inflated. Learn to talk in languages to help bring other black people together. The more black collaborate, cooperate and support each other, the faster we will reverse the symptoms and causes of our condition.
#8. Black is beautiful. We should do our best to preserve our race. Marry black, make beautiful black kids, build strong African families.
#9. Excellence made this film so appealing. Reject mediocrity. Reject shortcuts and second rate work. Reject laziness. Set the goal to make world class work. Start small, but dream fantastically big.
#10. Culture is a huge industry. African culture is looking for entrepreneurs to raise it in the way of black Panther, not nollywood anti African, pro Christianity and pro colonialism movies.
For a person who has not seen the movie, that’s a lot of blablabla. I should be more modest.