In anticipation of its release next week, Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continued its promotional tour with a historic premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday evening. It was a major event – and the first time a Marvel film had a local premiere – with a large group of talent, filmmakers, and press on hand to roll out the black carpet. The sequel to the original $1.348 billion picture premiered on multiple screens at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki.
Attending Sunday were director Ryan Coogler and stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Winston Duke and Michaela Coel. Producer Nate Moore was also on hand with artists and soundtrack producers.
The team has done the rounds, including a world premiere in Los Angeles and with a European premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square in London last week. The Nigerian premiere was held in association with the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment, and celebrated the film’s African heritage.
Chioma Ude, founder of AFRIFF (which runs November 6-12 and where Coogler will give a masterclass on Monday), recently reflected on the significance of the African premiere being held in Nigeria and its association with the festival. “We are thrilled and proud to be part of the premiere of this landmark film here in Africa. This is huge for the African continent as it symbolizes for us a further narrowing of the gaps between the global film industries,” she said.
The first one Black Panther remains the No. 1 film in East and West Africa. It had its continental premiere 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 in 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 to come.
wakanda forever opens in Nigeria on November 11, in line with the United States. The international release begins November 9 in France, among other places, with a global rollout continuing throughout the weekend.
Here is more from Lagos: