In anticipation of its release next week, Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It continued its promotional tour with its historic premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday evening. This was a big event—and the first time a Marvel movie had a domestic premiere—with a slew of talent and filmmakers pressing on the black carpet. The $1.348 billion original pic sequel was shown across multiple screens at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki.
On Sunday, director Ryan Coogler and stars Laetitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danny Gurira, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Winston Duke and Michaela Cowell attended. Producer Nate Moore was also present along with the soundtrack artists and producers.
The team has been making the rounds, including its world premiere in Los Angeles and its 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 celebrates the film’s African heritage.
Chioma Odi, founder of AFRIFF (which runs November 6-12 and where Coogler will give a master class on Monday), recently reflected on the importance of the first African show being hosted in Nigeria and its connection to the festival. “We are excited and proud to be a part of the premiere of this important film here in Africa. This is huge for the continent of Africa as it symbolizes us to further bridge the gaps between the global film industries.”
the first Black Panther It remains the #1 film in both East and West Africa. Its premiere in Africa was in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018.
Wakanda forever It is distributed in the English West African territory by FilmOne Entertainment whose founders, Musa Babatub and Kenny Okosa, said, “She was instrumental in the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever In West Africa it is a proud achievement and a milestone for us and the entire FilmOne team, and it will be celebrated for a long time.”
Wakanda forever It opens in Nigeria on November 11, coinciding with the launch of the US international release on November 9 in France among others as the global rollout continues through the weekend.
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