African stars impress at “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” premiere in Lagos

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Danai Gurira wears Christie Brown as Nigerian celebrities steal the show at “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” premiere in Lagos

African style shines bright at Lagos premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

There should be a saying that when you come to Nigeria, you need to pull out all the sartorial stops. Because one thing will happen- the Nigerian celebrities will steal the show.

And that’s what happened at the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” premiere in Lagos earlier this week.

The cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” descended on Lagos, Nigeria for the film’s African premiere. The event was held Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki.

The film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta and the director, Ryan Coogler, were greeted by a cheering crowd of fans. They posed for pictures and signed autographs before heading into the premiere.

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Danai was the only cast member who turned to an African designer for the premiere. She wore a custom midi-length dress by Christie Brown which she wore with a white gele. She stood out, in a good way.

Meanwhile, Lupita wore Vivienne Westwood and Letitia wore Valentino.

While many expected them to be the centre of attention, the Lagos-based celebrities were stealing the focus, thanks to their fashion choices. They not only made sure they honoured the dress code, but also took it a step further by paying homage Wakanda’s technological prowess.

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Take actress Adunnie Ade. She wore an extravagant brocade and black strapless gown with matching cape by Anjy Luminee Couture. She accessorised with gold jewellery, making her stand-out from other attendees.

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Never one to not make a statement, actor, and media personality, Denola Grey wore a traditional Boubou, which looked like it was dipped in gold. He accessorised with gold jewellery and carried an African face mask, which he sometimes wore. The boubou was designed by menswear designer, TDA Couture.

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Nigerian entertainer, Elozonam Ogbolu’s green and red coat and hat by Jeff Urban Clothing, induced envy from many. He completed his look by paying homage to the Black Panther with a robotic arm.

The first Black Panther film, released in 2018, is still the highest grossing film on the African continent. It is a ground-breaking film not only for its representation of Africa and Africans, but also for its positive portrayal of blackness. The film has already broken box office records and is sure to inspire a new generation of African filmmakers.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to the Academy Award-winning film and will see the characters pick up the pieces after the passing of King T’Challa’s death.

It will be in cinemas on Friday, November 11

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