The Walt Disney Company announced today that Nigeria would host the official African premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in collaboration with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment. The film’s world premiere will take place in the West African country.
The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the next installment in the company’s never-ending Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther, the sequel to the 2018 box office smash, bringing more of the Wakandan kingdom story to life.
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The film premieres in Lagos this November before hitting theaters across Africa on Friday, November 11, 2022.
Thanks to Walt Disney Company’s association with Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment, the film would host African film industry players and others across the world.
They are also expected to announce several distinguished personalities who would be in attendance soon. Africa’s number one film, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther comes your way with new characters in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In the film, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.
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As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.
Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, and Alex Livinalli.
Meanwhile, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is distributed in English West African territories by FilmOne Entertainment. Its co-founders, Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa are enthusiastic about the premiere and the film’s release;
“Being instrumental to the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in West Africa is a proud achievement and a milestone for us and the entire FilmOne team, it will be celebrated for a long time.
We are excited and fully committed to working with The Walt Disney Company to deliver a grand African premiere, even as we channel all our arsenal towards realizing a momentous box-office performance for the title.”
Founder of AFRIFF, Chioma Ude was also reflective on the significance of the African premiere as hosted by Nigeria and its first-of-its-kind association with the festival in November.
She said “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.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to Lagos this November,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager for The Walt Disney Company Africa.
“Working closely with our long-term distribution partners FilmOne and this association with AFRIFF, we are anticipating a wonderful celebration with Nigeria’s cinema-goers and Black Panther fans,” she continued.