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African Tribes and Cultures in Black Panther #WakandaForever 🙅


African tribes and culture was 100% portrayed in the recent record-breaking box office movie – Black Panther. However, we can see cultural outfits from tribes we are familiar with and also from some that left us guessing.

Below are African Tribes and Cultures in Black Panther #WakandaForever 🙅

1. Mursi and Surma Lip Plates

Lip plates or disks are a form of ceremonial body modification. While many cultures use them they’re best known by the Surma and Mursi tribes in Ethiopia.


2. Zulu headdress

Queen Ramonda wears a distinct headdress. It’s reminiscent of the reed Zulu flared hats or “Isicholos.” The Zulu headdresses are traditionally worn by married women for ceremonial celebrations.

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3. Masai style

Many of the costumes have unique and futuristic ornamentation and details. These were made by emulating styles of the Masai people. The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.


4. Igbo Mask

In one scene Erik Killmonger wears a mask. The masks, known as Mgbedike, are distinguished by the large size and bold masculine features. They are used in Igbo rituals and are designed to contrast the female dancers with their more feminine beauty.


5. Basotho Blanket

In several scenes, W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and others are shown wearing Basotho blankets around their necks. Though the blankets are originally from the Lesotho people the designs are synonymous with the Sesotho people.


6. Ndebele Neck Rings

Shuri and the Dora Milaje have outfits with a prominent collar. The South Ndebele peoples of Zimbabwe/South Africa wear neck rings as part of their traditional dress and as a sign of wealth and status.


7. Himba hair

Many of the costumes have a distinctive red earthy tone. This was done by studying the colors used by the Himba people of north-western Namibia. Himba people are known for applying a red ochre paste, known as “otjize”, to their skin and hair.

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8. Flowing robes (Agbada)

Forest Whittaker plays shaman Zuri who’s the spiritual leader of Wakanda. He wears ornate flowing robes known as an Agbada. It’s one of the names for a flowing wide-sleeved robe worn by men/women in much of West Africa, and North Africa.



9. Bumpy tribal marks

Michael B. Jordan’s bumpy, ritualistic tribal markings on his chest and torso resemble the scar tattoos of the Mursi and Surma tribes in Ethiopia.


10 Ghana’s kente

T’Challa’s Kente scarf. Kente, known as nwentom in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan people of Ghana.


11. Natural hair

BlackPanther was totally an Afrocentric natural hair movie. Inspiration came from this collection of black hairstyles shot by the Nigerian photographer J. D. ’Okhai Ojeikere.


12. Kenyan valley

The Great Rift Valley. Scientists have estimated that the Great Rift Valley found in Kenya was formed over 20 million years ago when the Earth’s crust began to split.

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13. Language

The language spoken in Wakanda is Xhosa, a language spoken by over 19 million people in Southern Africa.


14. Female warriors

The Dora Milaje are a fierce all female army in Black Panther, but many people are unaware that they are based partially off a real all women army in Africa called the Dahomey Amazons, at one time considered the most feared women in the world.


15. Tribal make-up

Tribal make-up is practised in many African tribes. The make-up, often in the form of face paint, is used for many different reasons and can signify many different things such as hunting, religious and traditional reasons, military purposes or to scare an enemy.


16. Symbols

All the symbols in the lab and timeline description are Nsibidi. A script developed by the Ejagham of South Eastern Nigeria


17. Burundi drums

Burundi drums are played during royal ceremonies and it was played when T Challa was going to be crowned King of Wakanda.


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