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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reclaims the myth of an African utopia

By Emily Zobel Marshall, Reader in Postcolonial Literature, Leeds Beckett University
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Black Panther is set in the fictional country of Wakanda. The creation of the Wakandan African identity has been a contentious issue. Borrowing aspects of cultures from around Africa, it presents the world with a confusing sense of “Africaness”.

Wakanda is an amalgamation of African ethnic groups, with its “indigenous” outfits and symbols: cowry shells adornments, grass skirts, decorative scarring and lip plates. The average viewer won’t know that the language being spoken is Xhosa, a South African language, or…The Conversation


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