Seven things Wakanda teaches us
Let’s start by saying salute to the cast & crew of the phenomenal movie, Black Panther. Not only did it sell out theaters across the world, it is exceeding expectations of the predicted $120 million opening weekend with it currently heading towards $230+ million! If you haven’t had the chance to see it yet, what are you waiting on? Black Panther and the people of Wakanda exemplified Black Excellence in many ways. There are also many lessons throughout the movie that we can relate to and apply to our everyday lives and communities.
Trust & Loyalty
In the movie, T’Chaka, T'Challa's father, says “You’re going to struggle so surround yourself with people you trust.” The people closest to you have to be people you can trust, have loyalty with, and support you no matter what while you’re going through a new stage in your life.
Self-Determination is key to achieve
After T’Challa becomes the new King of Wakanda, he is still a little uneasy about how to manage his new responsibility. Nakia tells him “Only you can decide what kind of king you want to be.” You have the final say in how you choose to sustain any role or situation in your life.
Raise up the next generation to come
T’Challa goes through a ritual to see his ancestors and see his father upon becoming King, during the visit, his father says to him “A man who has not prepared his children for his death has failed as a father.” Preparing your children for what life brings to them is vital for them to succeed beyond you being here.
Never forget your history and the ones that came before you
Before Erik Killmonger dies, he says he doesn’t want to be saved, in fact, he states “Nah, just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. Because they knew death was better than bondage." Despite Killmonger being portrayed as the villain, he was about his people and not the colonizers.
We must continue to advance
First of all, can we give it up for Shuri. She is the brilliant, intelligent, and funny younger sister of T'Challa. She may just be the smartest woman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Shuri states “Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved” as she had enhanced the Black Panther Suit with the ability to store damage taken to it as power to be reflected. Shoutout to the mastermind behind the lab that showed that technology advancement is beyond what we could imagine, and it only gets better.
Even when you’re underestimated, keep striving
If you’ve seen the movie, I hope you stayed for the post credit scenes. Wakanda is full of resources that can help the rest of the world. T’Challa says "More connects us than separates us, but in times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one tribe." Later in that post-credit scene another man says back to him “What does a nation of farmers have to offer the rest of the world?”. Just because they don’t see what you have to offer and underestimate your capabilities, that doesn’t mean you stop going after the goals you’ve set. Keep Grindin.
Never be afraid to be sure of who you are and don’t allow others to validate you
T’Challa and Nakia are having a conversation and he tells her "If you weren't so stubborn you would make a great queen." Nakia responds, "I would make a great queen because I'm stubborn; if that's what I wanted." She is a strong woman that knows her worth and knows that she can get what she want without being docile!
Although a fictional country, there are many messages that the people of Wakanda give throughout the movie. We must continue to keep lifting others as we climb and stay true to who we are. What lesson did you take away from Black Panther?
Lastly, Wakanda Forever!