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African Prints and Patterns Reign at the South African Premiere of “Black Panther”

Earlier in Johannesburg, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and John Kani attended the South Africa premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” This latest Marvel blockbuster has already sold out local screenings across the United States and Canada and is expected to shatter box-office records this weekend.

John Kani, Connie Chiume and Lupita Nyong’o arrive at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa.

Donovan Goliath and Davina Gordon partner arrives at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa.

Johanna Mukoki, Azania Mosaka and Basetsana Kumalo arrive at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa.

Rosie Motene arrives at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa.

Critics have unanimously praised the movie, which is set in the fictional African country of Wakanda and stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular character Black Panther, as well as King T’Challa, the leader of the nation of Wakanda and Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o.

Thembisa Mdoda arrives at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa.

Nomuzi arrives at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa.

Lira arrives at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa.

Danai Gurira arrives at the South African premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on Friday 16 Februry, 2018 at Montecasino, Johannesburg. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and local talent John Kani and Connie Chiume, is directed by Ryan Coogler and is now in cinemas across Africa…

This is the first Marvel film to feature a black superhero and it’s not coincidence its Feb. 16  falls during  Black History Month.

Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by Walt Disney / Dominic Barnardt

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