Many people around the world continue to grieve and commemorate the film career of Chadwick Boseman after news broke of his death due to colon cancer over the weekend.
As an actor, Boseman played many iconic roles from Jackie Robinson to Black Panther over the last four years, and inspired generations with positive African stories.
He is best known for his role as the Marvel superhero Black Panther, also known as King T’Challa of Wakanda. Many analysts and enthusiasts have likened the fictional African nation to Kenya where fans and filmmakers are expressing their grief and gratitude to Boseman for his contribution to the film industry.
“I would say he is a symbol of a positive African story. Chadwick accepted the role of T’challa in the Black Panther which changed the narrative that African stories were always negative,” said Patrick Wanjohi, a filmmaker.
“I feel like we have suffered such a great loss because we were so proud, we were so proud to have this superhero come out and represent us as black people and you are like oh wow all of a sudden everybody is happy, embracing their Africanness and embracing their blackness and I don’t think that any other actor would have been able to embrace that role apart from Chadwick Boseman,” said Grace Kahaki, a director of Insignia Production.
Some viewed him as a gentle soul and a brilliant artist who left an indelible mark in their lives.
“Having been diagnosed with colon cancer like four years ago, it’s quite unbelievable that he could do all that despite the illness that he had. What I could take from that is a lot of encouragement and strength even for someone who did not know him along his own career path,” said a local.
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