Kenyan Photographer, Osborne Macharia, adds more to the Wakandan AfroMagic

Another notable involvement of African creatives on Marvel's "Black Panther"

There are tons of reasons fans have trooped in to watch “Black Panther” on the big screen, but its authentic representation of black culture is easily the biggest allure. To ensure this, Marvel were thorough with the selection for the movie’s production from directors to the actors and costuming. The film’s executives hired Wale Oyejide and Ikire Jones as designers to design the consumes on set.

For photography, award-winning Kenyan photographer, Osborne Macharia has been linked with the renaissance of Wakanda. Macharia’s Afrofuturistic art style incorporates science fiction and historical narratives that depict social issues. The artist was commissioned by Marvel to create a piece that touches on the history of the virtual nation. His piece tells the story of three elders of Maasai origin who became Black Panther’s trusted advisers due to the supernatural powers they gained from exposure to the fictional Vibranium that also them blind. The three elders were saved during World War II by the king of Wakanda after they wandered across North Africa in search for safety.

He titled the project “Ilgelunot”, which means “The Chosen Ones” in the Maasai language. And to give the project its own unique identity, he revealed that he created typography for the names of the elders especially for his project.

Featured Image Credits: Facebook/ Osborne Macharia

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