“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Has Historic Premiere in Nigeria

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had a historic premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday evening. It marks the first time a Marvel movie has held a premiere here, and some of the biggest stars from the film were on hand for the black carpet rollout. Wakanda Forever played on multiple screens at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki. The Nigerian premiere was held in association with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment. The AFRIFF is now in full swing, running from November 6 to 12. Wakanda Forever co-writer and director Ryan Coogler will be giving a masterclass there.

Coogler and returning Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Winston Duke were on hand in Lagos, joined by newcomers to the world of Wakanda—Tenoch Huerta and Michaela Coel. Producer Nate Moore was also in Lagos, along with soundtrack artists and producers.

Wakanda Forever opens wide on Friday, November 11—it has already made its world premiere in Los Angeles and made its European debut at Cineworld Leicester Square in London this past week.

Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF, said this about the premiere being hosted in Nigeria and its association with the festival: “We are excited and proud to be a part of the premiere of this milestone film here in Africa. This is huge for the continent of Africa as it symbolizes to us further bridging of the gaps between the global film industries,” she said.

The first Black Panther, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman, remains the number one film in both East and West Africa. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens wide in Nigeria on November 11, the same as it does in the U.S., while its international release date begins officially on November 9 in France. Needless to say, it’s one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year.

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Featured image: A scene from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.


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