PHOTOS: Star Studded Premiere of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ in Nairobi

  • Entrepreneur Chamie Wanjui in company of Media Personality Kobi Kihara strike their “Wakanda” pose at the African Themed Black Panther Premier at Prestige Plaza.

Crimson Multimedia Ltd on Saturday introduced the biggest blockbuster of the year, Marvel Studio‘s ‘Black Panther‘, in Kenya, just days after the main premier which took place in Los Angeles, California. This was in celebration of the African culture and in support of local artists, a reflection of the critically acclaimed cultural phenomenon that the film portrays.

The purple carpet premier, which mimicked the global launch event, signifying the royalty of the fictitious Kingdom of Wakanda in which the film is set, took place at Prestige Plaza on Ngong’ Road, boasting a guest list of media personalities, members of the Actors Guild artists and leading movie critics and fanatics. Among these ccelebrities were Larry Madowo, Kobi Kihara, Nina Ogot, writers Abigail Arunga and Magunga Williams and artist Jemedari.

“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, the Managing Director of Crimson Multimedia Ltd, at the premiere.

‘Black Panther’, which has been developed since 1992, stars Chadwick Boseman as the young 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 the Kingdom, 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.

CNN itself says about the film: ‘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, Kenya’s own Lupita Nyong’o, who is set to host another premiere at the Lakeside city of Kisumu this Wednesday, has become the Kenyan star that has made us proud, also once flaunted as ‘the most beautiful person on earth’. With an Oscar under her belt, thanks to starring in Steve McQueen’s ‘12 Years a Slave’ as Patsy, Lupita has featured in several movies including ‘Queen of Katwe’, ‘Non-Stop’ alongside Liam Neeson and in Disney’s reboot of ‘Star Wars‘, voicing the instrumental creature Maz Kanata.

New images from Marvel’s Black Panther

Black Panther’s Director Ryan Coogler assembled an all-Star cast, which also includes Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whittaker 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

Some of the other main character who are of African descendant, including Nyon’go are Uganda’s Florence Kasumba, South Africa’s John Kani and his son, as well as Atandwa Kani.

Already topping the Marvel all-time record for first-day advance ticket sales, the film sis already pegged to open several million dollars higher than original tracking figures of $100 million, as it is set to open in cinemas from 16th February 2018.

Kevin Oyugi
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PHOTOS: Star Studded Premiere of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ in Nairobi

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