The highly anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit the theaters this Friday. The movie continued its promotion with a premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday. Attendees included the movie’s co-writer/director Ryan Coogler, producer Nate Moor, and the film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright, Michaela Coal, and Tenoch Huerta. The Nigerian Premier was held in partnership with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and FilmOne Entertainment, and celebrated the movie’s African heritage.
Chioma Ude, founder of AFRIFF (which runs from November 6-12 and where Coogler will give a masterclass on Monday), recently reflected on the significance of the African premiere being hosted in Nigeria and its association with the festival. “We are excited and proud to be a part of the premiere of this milestone film here in Africa. This is huge for the continent of Africa as it symbolizes to us further bridging the gaps between the global film industries,” she said.
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.”
Wakanda Forever opens in Nigeria on November 11, in step with the U.S. International release begins November 9 in France among others with global rollout continuing through the weekend.
Here are some images from the premiere: