Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just made history in Nigeria.
The film’s Sunday premiere in Lagos, marked the first time a Marvel film has held a local premiere with a large group of talent, filmmakers and press on hand for the black carpet rollout.
The sequel to the $1.348B grossing original pic played across multiple screens at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki.
Attendees at the star-studded event included director/co-writer Ryan Coogler and producer Nate Moore, as well as the film’s stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright, Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta.
The team has been making the rounds, including a world premiere in LA and with a European debut at Cineworld Leicester Square in London last week. The Nigeria premiere was held in association with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment, and celebrated the movie’s African heritage.
Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) founder Chioma Ude said in a statement that those behind the festival “are excited and proud to be a part of the premiere of this milestone film here in Africa.”
Ude added of the Nigerian premiere, which AFRIFF held in association with FilmOne Entertainment: “This is huge for the continent of Africa as it symbolises to us further bridging of the gaps between the global film industries”
The first Black Panther remains the No. 1 film in both East and West Africa. It had its premiere on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018.
Wakanda Forever is distributed in English West African territories by FilmOne Entertainment whose co-founders, Moses Babatope and Kene Okwuosa, said, “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.”