Wakanda Forever Huge Premier in Nigeria

In advance of its release next week, Disney/Black Marvel’s Panther: Wakanda Forever began its promotional tour on Sunday evening with a historic preview in Lagos, Nigeria. With a huge gathering of actors, filmmakers, and reporters on hand for the black carpet rollout, this was a major event — and the first time a Marvel movie had a local premiere. The sequel to the original film, which grossed $1.348 billion, was shown on numerous screens at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki.

Director Ryan Coogler and actresses Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Winston Duke, and Michaela Coel were in attendance on Sunday. Nate Moore, the producer, was also there, as were other soundtrack artists and producers.

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack CD was published on Wednesday night by American worldwide record firms, including a number of Nigerians and people of Nigerian heritage. Burna Boy, Tems, Fireboy DML, Ckay, Rema, Tobe Nwigwe, and Fat Nwigwe are among the artists. Other African musicians involved in the production include Kamo Mphela and Busiswa, to mention a few.

Rihanna’s single ‘Lift Me,’ co-written by Nigeria’s fast-emerging award-winning singer, Temilade Openiyi, also known as Tems, was the first to be published as part of the film’s promotional push. Burnaboy, a Grammy winner, performed a solo on the song “Alone.” Tems sang ‘No Woman, No Cry’ by Bob Marley as a solo performance. The song is said to be bridged with Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.” Rema from Mavins appeared on two songs, ‘Wake Up’ with Bloody Civilian and ‘Pantera’ with Aleman. Adedamola Adefolahan, also known as Fireboy DML, a YBNL musician, also performs a solo on the single ‘Coming back for you.’ On the track ‘Anya Miri,’ Nigerian rapper Ckay collaborates with British songwriter and singer Pink Pantheress. Tobechukwu Dubem Nwigwe (Tobe Nwigwe) of the Nwigwes collaborates with his wife, Fat, on the tune ‘They Want It But No.’


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