African Cultural Representation in Black Panther

African Cultural Representation in Black Panther

The Black Panther movie has sent waves across the world and showed information about African tribes and countries in such a beautiful and elegant manner, that we can’t help but marvel at the pure African Representation.

Black Panther Film African Tribe/Culture
Mursi and Surma lip plates—Most frequently used by Mursi and Surma in Ethiopia (East Africa)
Zulu headdress—worn by married women. The Zulu are an ethnic group from southern Africa.

The Maasai People—from East Africa, they live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania

An Igbo mask, known as Mgbedike. The Igbo are from present day Nigeria.

Basotho Blanket—These blankets are from Lesotho and their designs are from the Sesotho people (southern Africa)

Ndebele neck rings–Ndebele people in Zimbabwe/South Africa wear these rings as a sign of wealth and status

The Himba people of north-western Namibia. The Himba people use red ochre to their skin and hair.

Agbada robes—a robe worn by people in both west Africa and in north Africa

Dogon People—central plateau of Mali

Tuareg scarfs–  North and West Africa

Turkana People—-Kenya

The language spoken in Wakonda is Xhosa A language spoken in South Africa
Actress Danai Gurira is from Zimbabwe
Actress Florence Kasumba is from Uganda
Actor Daniel Kaluuya is from Uganda
Actress Lupita Nyongo is from Kenya
Actor John Kani is from South Africa
Lupita fights for Boko Haram girls at the start of the film

Kilmonger’s tribal markings resemble scar tattoos of the Mursi and Surma in Ethiopia.

T’Challa’s kente- Kente is known as nwentom in Akan (the Akan are from Ghana)

The Great Rift Valley—formed in Kenya 20 million years ago