Oluwakemi Aladesuyi on why representation matters

In the all black cast in Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman was the headline act.

The film brings in the cultures of African Americans and elements from across the African continent. The cast learnt the  isiXhosa language for the film.  IsiXhosa is spoken by 8 million people and is the one of the official languages in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Boseman’s performance powered the film to international success.

“On a global screen, he showed that black voices and perspectives on storytelling matter — and that resonate everywhere.”

Oluwakemi Aladesuyi in her article in the Financial Times on Sunday 30 August 2020 entitled Chadwick Boseman and why representation matters

Aladesuyl goes on to explain how important it is for people, “to see a version of themselves, their questions, their struggles, reflected back at them on the big screen — and to not feel alone in that journey.”

MainPhoto: Chadwick Boseman © REUTERS from the Financial Times article Chadwick Boseman and why representation matters: The actor’s death at 43 robs the world of a trailblazer whose role in Black Panther lit up the big screen.

Sadly Chadwick Boseman died on 28 August 2020, aged just 43.

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