As much as Marvel's Black Panther is an epic work of fiction; its central themes are firmly rooted in the potentialities of what African nations could be, would be, and quite frankly, should be, to the rest of the world.
Wakanda; a nation enjoying splendid isolation from the rest of the world, maximising its own natural resources to power and advance its nation, governed and protected unhindered by leaders who put the nation's interests above their own.
A nation of people whose rich culture and rituals have been preserved, and appreciated, without the dilution and erasion by the 'coloniser', as Shuri so aptly puts it.
A nation of diverse tribes and ethnic groups that celebrate their differences, but ultimately see the power of unity, and working harmoniously together to ensure peace, stability and prosperity.
For me, this movie hit home, not just because of the positive representation of Africa; her people, traditions and customs. But because I saw in Wakanda the potential of Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda; nations teeming with natural resources and raw materials, but lacking in the necessary unity, vision and direction to actualise their potential as global leaders.
Ultimately, with all that being said, I'm truly grateful to have had the opportunity to watch this movie. It's not only inspired me and consolidated my mission to put Africa on the map, but I'm confident it will inspire others to do the same, and to view the African continent more favourably than it has been in the past.
The paradigm is shifting, slowly but surely. The Wakanda of fiction, will one day be the default for the African nations of tomorrow. Mark it on the wall - RKD • 📸 @masterfrancisasenso